Dr. Krisztian Toth

Associate Professor
Pharmaceutical Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Office Address:
Maddox Hall
Room 209
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1090
Buies Creek, NC, NC 27506


Krisztian Toth is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Campbell University (NC) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke University (NC). He received his MD and his PhD in behavioral neuroscience from University of Pecs (Hungary). His professional experiences include 15 years of research in the field of brain reward circuitry and graduate and post-graduate level teaching in various institutions. Dr. Toth received his postdoctoral training at Penn State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and at Duke University Medical Center. His current research focuses on pre-clinical drug development targeting ghrelin receptor to treat addictive behavior.


  • PhD, University of Pecs (Hungary)
  • MD, University of Pecs (Hungary)
  • Advanced Training in Neuroplasticity (University of Rome, Italy)
  • Neurotherapeutics Discovery & Development Training for Academic Scientists (National Institute of Health)

Career Highlights

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn State University
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Duke University
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pecs (Hungary)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Elon University
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University

Awards, Recognition & Honors

  • Fellowship of the ”Programme of European Neuroscience Schools”, University of Rome, Italy, 2007
  • Fellowship of the Grastyán Foundation, 2006
  • Fellowship of the Hungarian Republic, 2003 and 2004
  • ERASMUS Fellowship at the University of Pavia, Italy, 2003
  • Teaching Student Fellowship, 2002 - 2004
  • Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation Scholarship, 2002


  • Society for Neuroscience, 2010 – Present
  • Hungarian Physiological Society, 2007 – Present
  • European Neuroscience Association, 2006 – Present
  • Hungarian Neuroscience Society, 2006 – Present


  • Self-Administration in Genetically Modified Mice: A Streamlined Platform for the Identification of Addiction Biomarkers, Therapies and Disease Mechanisms Slosky LM, Toth K, Pogorelov VM, Bai Y, Pires A, Clark N, Wetsel WC, Caron MG, Barak LS. NIDA Genetics Cross-Cutting Research Meeting; 2018 January 08; Rockville, MD, United States.
  • Ghrelin receptor antagonism of hyperlocomotion in cocaine-sensitized mice requires βarrestin-2. Toth K, Slosky LM, Pack TF, Urs NM, Boone P, Mao L, Abraham D, Caron MG, Barak LS. Synapse (New York, N.Y.). 2018; 72(1). NIHMSID: NIHMS919234
  • Developmental Programming of taste preferences due to maternal high fat diet in rats. Mezei G, Toth K, Biegler J, Roca P, Whitley K, Repke J, Hajnal A, Ural S. Society for Gynecologic Investigation 61st Annual Scientific Meeting; 2014; Florence, Italy.
  • Git1 and Git2 regulate dopamine-dependent psychostimulant actions. Toth K, Martyn A, Schmalzigaug R, Rodriguiz RM, Wetsel WC, Premont RT. Conference of the Society for Neoroscience; 2013; San Diego, CA, USA.
  • GTPase activating protein, GIT2, in post-traumatic stress and related anxiety disorders Toth K, Martyn A, Schmalzigaug R, Rodriguiz RM, Wetsel WC, Premont RT. Conference of the Society for Neoroscience; 2013; San Diego, CA, United States.