Fantegrossi Laboratory

Research Team

dr-fantegrossiWilliam E. Fantegrossi, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Fantegrossi trained as a behavioral pharmacologist at the University of Michigan and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. When not lifting weights or slaying imaginary dragons, his research focuses on the behavioral pharmacology of emerging drugs of abuse, including designer psychostimulants (“bath salts”), cannabinoids (“K2 / Spice” products), and hallucinogens. His lab emplys a variety of in vivo assays to study drug actions, including biotelemetry, intravenous drug self-administration, conditioned place preference, drug discrimination, operant behavior, antinociception, and drug-elicited behaviors.The ultimate goal of these studies is to better understand the abuse-related effects of novel pharmacological entities in order to inform clinicians, develop therapeutic strategies, and guide legislation.


michael-berquist-10-04-16Michael Berquist, Ph.D. (T32 Post-Doctoral Trainee)

Dr. Berquist is a post-doctoral trainee working under the NIDA T32 Translational Training in Addiction grant (Director: Clint Kilts, Ph.D.). He is jointly mentored by Dr. Fantegrossi and Dr. Owens in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He is primarily interested in investigating the in vivo effects of psychoactive substances using a variety of preclinical experimental procedures and in determining the behavioral effects of drug mixtures. With a strong background in behavioral statistics and experimental design, Michael also enjoys exploring novel data path analyses for psychopharmacological experiments.


bill-hyattBill Hyatt, B.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)

William Hyatt has been in the Fantegrossi lab as a SURF student, as a lab technician, as a medical school honors research student, and finally as a graduate portion of his MD/PhD education. When not giving Dr. Fantegrossi a hard time or slaying real dragons, his primary research focus is investigating the long term consequences of synthetic cathinones, or as they are more commonly known, “bath salts.” Specifically, he is interested in the relationship between impulsivity and synthetic cathinones MDPV and alpha-PVP administration and potential increases in risky behaviors and adverse outcomes.

catheryn-wilsonCatheryn Wilson, B.S. (Graduate Student)

Catheryn is a second year graduate student in the Fantegrossi Lab. Her research focuses on studying the effects of synthetic cannabinoids using in vivo and in vitro approaches.



Lauren2Lauren Russell, B.S. (Graduate Student)

Lauren Russell is a second year graduate in the Fantegrossi Lab. Her research interests are neuro degeneration.