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  • University Research Professor
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
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Other Affiliations:

Michael Bardo

Research Interests:
Drug abuse
Medication Development

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1980 at Iowa State University under the supervision of Dr. Richard Hughes. My dissertation investigated the development of tolerance to morphine in infant rats. From 1980-82, I worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa under the supervision of Dr. Gerald Gebhart. Since 1982, I have been in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. I have worked in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and drug abuse for over 35 years, having been funded continuously by NIH since 1981 and publishing over 200 research articles.  My research interests are investigating the neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and social influences on drug self-administration.  I am also are interested in medication development for substance use disorders.  In addition to behavioral processes, our laboratory conducts work using chemogenetics, immunohistochemsitry, stereotaxic surgery and microdialyis with HPLC. 

Graduate Training

Ph.D. Iowa State Univ., 1980

Selected Publications:

Bardo, M. T., Neisewander, J. L. and Kelly, T. H. (2013).  Individual differences and social influences on the neurobehavioral pharmacology of abused drugs.  Pharmacological Reviews, 65, 1-36.  [PMCID: PMC3565917].

Vazquez-Sanroman, D. B., Monje, R. D. and Bardo, M. T. (2017).  Nicotine self-administration remodels perineuronal nets in ventral tegmental area and orbitofrontal cortex in adult male rats.  Addiction Biology, 22, 1743-1755. [PMCID: PMC5322253].

Hofford, R. S., Chow, J. J., Beckmann, J. S. and Bardo, M. T. (2017).  Effects of environmental enrichment on self-administration of the short-acting opioid remifentanil.  Psychopharmacology, 234, 3499-3506. [PMCID: PMC6541008].

Maggio, S. E., Saunders, M. A., Baxter, T. A., Nixon, K., Prendergast, M. A., Zheng, G., Crooks, P. A., Dwoskin, L. P., Slack, R. D., Newman, A. H., Bell, R. L. and Bardo, M. T. (2018). Effects of the nicotinic agonist varenicline, nicotinic antagonist r-bPiDI, and DAT inhibitor R-modafinil on co-use of ethanol and nicotine in female P rats. Psychopharmacology 235, 1439-1453. [PMCID: PMC29455292].

Weiss, V. G., Yates, J. R., Beckmann, J. S., Hammerslag, L. R. and Bardo, M. T. (2018). Social reinstatement:  a rat model of peer-induced relapse.  Psychopharmacology 235, 3391-3400. [PMCID: PMC6252116].