Jeffery D. Steketee, Ph.D.

Jeffery D. Steketee, Ph.D.

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

  • 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. 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. 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. PubMed PMID: 22304754; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3295929.
  • Timmer KM, Steketee JD. Examination of a role for metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 in the medial prefrontal cortex in cocaine sensitization in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 May;221(1):91-100. doi: 10.1007/s00213-011-2548-1. PubMed PMID: 22147256.
  • Lu L, Xue Y, Steketee JD, Rebec GV, Sun W. Regulation of cocaine-induced reinstatement by group II metabotropic glutamate receptors in the ventral tegmental area. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Mar;220(1):75-85. doi: 10.1007/s00213-011-2455-5. PubMed PMID: 21881873.

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