Black Hills State University professors Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, psychology, and Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, mathematics, recently co-authored a chapter in the book Neural Synapse Research Trends.

The project is part of Stoltenberg’s research focused on trying to understand how genes influence behavior and Nag’s research on the use of control system modeling to understand complex systems.

The chapter by Nag and Stoltenberg, "Applying Control System Modeling to Understand How Genetic Variation Influences Serotonin Function and Behavior", describes their research methods to study the effects of genetic differences in serotonin research. Examining serotonin function helps researchers understand and aid drug treatments for disorders such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Stoltenberg, Nag, and associate professor Cynthia Anderson were recently awarded a three-year $200,000 research grant by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to research genetic influences on serotonin and impulsivity.

Stoltenberg received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2004. While at BHSU, Stoltenberg’s research has been supported by a BHSU faculty research grant, a Governor’s 2010 Individual Research Seed Grant, and the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN).

Nag received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Washington State University in Pullman. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2004.