Todor Gerdjikov

Associate Professor

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  • Ph.D. Queen's University (Kingston, Canada)


  • Stubbendorff C, Molano M, Young AMJ, Gerdjikov TV (2018) Synchronization in the prefrontal-striatal circuit tracks behavioural choice in a go no-go task in rats. European Journal of Neuroscience [link]
  • Richard R, Young AMJ, Gerdjikov TV (2018) Cortical local field potential power is associated with behavioral detection of near-threshold stimuli in the rat whisker system: dissociation between orbitofrontal and somatosensory cortices. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 30:42-49. doi: 10.1162/jocn_a_01187. [link]
  • Gerdjikov TV, Bergner C, Schwarz C (2017) Global coding in rat barrel cortex in the absence of local cues. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx108. [link]
  • Saund J, Dautan D, Rostron C, Urcelay GP, Gerdjikov TV (2017) Thalamic inputs to dorsomedial striatum are involved in inhibitory control: evidence from the 5-choice serial reaction time task in rats. Psychopharmacology. doi: 10.1007/s00213-017-4627-4 [link]
  • Asif-Malik A, Dautan D, Young AMJ, Gerdjikov TV (2017) Changes in cortico-accumbal network activity after phencyclidine pre-treatment: Clues to neurophysiological dysfunction in a rat model of schizophrenia. Brain Structure & Function. DOI 10.1007/s00429-017-1393-3. [link]
  • Dautan D, Souza A, Huerta-Ocampo I, Valencia M, Assous M, Witten IB, Deisseroth K, Tepper J, Bolam P, Gerdjikov TV, Mena-Segovia J (2016) Segregated cholinergic transmission in the ventral tegmental area. Nature Neuroscience 19: 1025-1033
  • Dautan D, Souza A, Huerta I, Valencia M, Witten IB, Deisseroth K, Bolam JP, Gerdjikov TV, Mena-Segovia J (2016) Segregated cholinergic transmission in the ventral tegmental area. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy 10:1.
  • Young AMJ, Stubbendorff C, Valencia M, Gerdjikov TV (2015). Disruption of medial prefrontal synchrony in the subchronic phencyclidine model of schizophrenia in rats. Neuroscience. 287:157-6
  • Dautan D, Huerta-Ocampo I, Witten IB, Deisseroth K, Bolam JP, Gerdjikov T, Mena-Segovia J. (2014). A major external source of cholinergic innervation of the striatum and nucleus accumbens originates in the brainstem. J Neurosci. 34 :4509-18
  • Gerdjikov TV, Haiss F, Rodriguez-Sierra O, Schwarz C (2013). Rhythmic whisking area (RW) in rat primary motor cortex: an internal monitor of movement-related signals? Journal of Neuroscience. 33:14193-204.
  • Hawking TG, Gerdjikov TV (2013) Populations of striatal medium spiny neurons encode vibrotactile frequency in rats: modulation by slow wave oscillations. J Neurophysiol 109:315-20.

  • Gerdjikov TV, Baker T, Beninger RJ (2011) Amphetamine-induced enhancement of responding for conditioned reward in rats: interactions with repeated testing. Psychopharmacology 214:891-9.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Bergner CG, Stüttgen MC, Waiblinger C, Schwarz C (2010) Discrimination of vibrotactile stimuli in the rat whisker system – behavior and neurometrics. Neuron 65:530-540.
  • Schwarz C, Hentschke H, Butovas S, Haiss, F, Stüttgen MC, Gerdjikov TV, Bergner CG, Waiblinger C (2010) Somatosens Motor Res 27:131-48.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Rudolph U, Keist R, Mohler H, Feldon J, Yee BK (2008) Hippocampal alpha5 subunit-containing GABA(A) receptors are involved in the development of the latent inhibition effect. Neurobiol Learn Mem 89:87-94.
  • Harmon-Jones E, Gerdjikov TV, Harmon-Jones C (2008) The effect of induced compliance on relative left frontal cortical activity: a test of the action-based model of dissonance. European Journal of Social Psychology 38:35-45.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Giles AC, Swain SN, Beninger RJ (2007) Nucleus accumbens PKA inhibition blocks acquisition but enhances expression of amphetamine-produced conditioned activity in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 190:65-72.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Beninger RJ (2006) Place preference induced by nucleus accumbens amphetamine is impaired by local blockade of Group II metabotropic glutamate receptors in rats. BMC Neurosci 7:43.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Beninger RJ (2005) Differential effects of calcineurin inhibition and protein kinase A activation on nucleus accumbens amphetamine-produced conditioned place preference in rats. Eur J Neurosci 22:697-705.
  • Beninger RJ, Gerdjikov TV (2005) Dopamine-glutamate interactions in reward-related incentive learning. In: Dopamine and Glutamate in Psychiatric Disorders (Schmidt WJ, Reith EAR, Eds.), pp 315-350. Totowa NJ: Humana Press Inc.
  • Beninger RJ, Gerdjikov T (2004) The role of signaling molecules in reward-related incentive learning. Neurotox Res 6:91-104.
  • Gerdjikov TV, Ross GM, Beninger RJ (2004) Place preference induced by nucleus accumbens amphetamine is impaired by antagonists of ERK or p38 MAP kinases in rats. Behav Neurosci 118:740-750.


Implementation of attention and motivated behaviour in cortical and limbic circuits.

The role of these circuits in neuropsychiatric conditions.

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Research themes
Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
Neurobiology of Disease
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