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Jeffery D. Steketee, PhD

Department of Pharmacology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
424 Crowe Research Building
874 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901.448.4585
Email: Jeffery D. Steketee


  • Ph.D. Institution: University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston
  • Postdoctoral: Washington State University, Department of Neuropharmacology, Pullman


Research Interests

Our lab studies the neurocircuitry of drug addiction. Using behavioral, pharmacological and neurochemical techniques, we study the involvement of specific brain regions in the actions of stimulants (cocaine and amphetamine), inhalants (toluene), and ethanol.

Representative Publications

  • Slominski AT, Kim TK, Kleszczyński K, Semak I, Janjetovic Z, Sweatman T, Skobowiat C, Steketee JD, Lin Z, Postlethwaite A, Li W, Reiter RJ, Tobin DJ. Characterization of Serotonin and N-acetylserotonin Systems in the Human Epidermis and Skin Cells. J Pineal Res. 2019 Nov 26:e12626. doi: 10.1111/jpi.12626. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31770455.
  • Steketee JD, Liu K. Effects of repeated cocaine administration on dopamine D1 receptor modulation of mesocorticolimbic GABA and glutamate transmission. Brain Res. 2018 Nov 1;1698:106-113. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2018.07.029. Epub 2018 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 30075100.
  • Liu K, Steketee JD. The role of adenylyl cyclase in the medial prefrontal cortex in cocaine-induced behavioral sensitization in rats. Neuropharmacology. 2016 Dec;111:70-77. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.03.040. Epub 2016 Mar 26. PubMed PMID: 27020043.
  • Timmer KM, Steketee JD. Group I metabotropic glutamate receptors in the medial prefrontal cortex: role in mesocorticolimbic glutamate release in cocaine sensitization. Synapse. 2013 Dec;67(12):887-96. doi: 10.1002/syn.21699. Epub 2013 Aug 30. PubMed PMID: 23913407.
  • Slominski AT, Zmijewski MA, Skobowiat C, Zbytek B, Slominski RM, Steketee JD. Sensing the environment: regulation of local and global homeostasis by the skin's neuroendocrine system. Adv Anat Embryol Cell Biol. 2012;212:v, vii, 1-115. Review. PubMed PMID: 22894052; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3422784.
  • Xue Y, Steketee JD, Sun W. Inactivation of the central nucleus of the amygdala reduces the effect of punishment on cocaine self-administration in rats. Eur J Neurosci. 2012 Mar;35(5):775-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9568.2012.08000.x. Epub 2012 Feb 6. PubMed PMID: 22304754; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3295929.

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May 26, 2022