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Charles S . Bockman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology & Neuroscience

C Bockman


School of Medicine
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Neuroscience (Master of Science)
Graduate School

Charles S . Bockman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pharmacology & Neuroscience

Dr. Bockman’s laboratory focuses on the role of extrinsic stimuli in regulating sensitivity to drugs of abuse.  We study the  brain’s neuroplastic response to environmental enrichment in an effort to discover more efficacious treatments for drug addiction.


Pharmacology and Neuroscience


Assistant Professor


  • Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
    Alpha2-adrenergic dysregulation in congenic DxH recombinant inbred mice selectively bred for a high fear-sensitized (H-FSS) startle response
    188, p. 172835 2020
  • Not Applicable
    Stairs, D.J., Kangiser, M.M. and Bockman, C.S. Environmental Enrichment and Nicotine Addiction. In V.R. Preedy (Ed.), Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse; London: Academic Press
    Vol 1: Common Substances of Abuse/Tobacco, Alcohol, Cannabinoids and Opioids, p. In Press 2014
  • Hearing Research
    Witt KM, CS Bockman, HK Dang, DD Gruber, P Wangemann, and MA Scofield. Molecular and pharmacological characteristics of the gerbil alpha-1a-adrenergic receptor.
    283:1-2, p. 144-150 2012
  • Not Applicable
    Drugs of Abuse in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Dentistry
    6 Edition 2011
  • Not Applicable
    Drugs of Abuse in Yagiela, J.A., Neidle, E.A. and Dowd, F.J., eds. Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Dentistry, ed. 6, St. Louis, MO, Mosby. 2009
  • European Journal of Pharmacology
    Characterization of the alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtype activating extracellular signal-regulated kinase in submandibular gland acinar cells
    578, p. 349-358 2008
  • Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
    Bockman, C.S., M.R. Bruchas, W. Zeng, K.A. O'Connell, P.W. Abel, M.A. Scofield, and F.J.Dowd. Submandibular gland acinar cells express multiple alpha-1 adrenoceptor subtypes.
    311/1, p. 364-372 2004
  • Not Applicable
    Bockman, C.S.and P.W. Abel. Drugs of Abuse. Pharmacology and Therapeutics in Dentistry. Yagiela, J.A., F.J. Dowd and E.A Neidle (eds.), Elsevier Mosby.
    ed. 5 2004
  • Xpharm (web based)
    Eckerson, J.M. and C.S. Bockman. Inflammatory Myopathies. 2004
  • Xpharm (web based)
    Eckerson, J.M. and C.S. Bockman. Myalgia. 2004
  • Archives of Oral Biology
    O'Donohue, H.A., P.W. Abel, and C.S Bockman. Pharmacological properties of serotonin receptor subtypes mediating contraction of bovine inferior alveolar arteries.
    49, p. 223-232 2004
  • Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
    Molecular and Pharmacological Characterization of Muscarinic Receptor Subtypes in a Rat Parotid Gland Cell Line: Comparison with Native Parotid Gland Bockman, CS; Bradley, ME; Dang, HK; Zeng, W; Scofield, MA; Dowd, FJ
    Vol 297 & Issue 2, p. 718-726 2001
  • Not Applicable
    Limitations of Using Peptide Drugs to Characterize CGRP Receptors, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 1999


  • Not Applicable
    Stairs, D.J., Quast, M. and Bockman, C.S. (2013 July). Relationship Between nAChR Subtypes and Nicotine CPP in Differentially-Reared Rats. 2013
  • FASEB Journal
    Problem-based teaching in a large classroom setting for on-campus and off-campus students Margaret Ann Scofield, Charles S. Bockman, Kathryn D. Huggett, Peter W. Abel
    23:463.8, p. 119 2009
  • FASEB Journal
    Bockman, C.S., Bruchas, M.R., O¡¦Connell, K.A. and Abel, P.W.: Characterization of the ƒÑ1-adrenoceptor subtype (ƒÑ1-AR) and its signaling pathway for activation of ERK 1/2 in submandibular gland acinar cells.
    20:1, p. A255 2006
  • FASEB Journal
    Witt, K.M., C.S. Bockman, P. Wangemann, and M.A. Scofield. Pharmacology of the gerbil alpha-1a adrenergic receptor. Experimental Biology, San Diego, California.
    19, p. A1082 2005
  • FASEB Journal
    Bruchas, M.R., C.S. Bockman, M.L. Toews, and P.W. Abel. Alpha 1B adrenergic receptor (AR) couples to extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK 1/2) in a submandibular gland cell line. Federation of Experimental Biology Meeting, Washington, D.C.
    18, p. A214 2004
  • FASEB Journal
    Comparison of the Alpha-1 Adrenergic Receptor Subtypes in Immortalized Submandibular Gland Acinar Cells with Native Glands. Charles S. Bockman, Margaret A. Scofield, Linsheng S. Li, Wanyun Zeng, Peter W. Abel and Frank J. Dowd
    Volume 16 - Number 4, p. A564 2002
  • FASEB Journal
    Molecular and Functional Characterization of Muscarinic Receptor Subtypes on Immortalized Parotid Acinar Cells. CS Bockman, ME Bradley, MA Scofield, FJ. Dowd
    Vol. 14 & Issue 8, p. A1425 2000


  • Rearing Environment Regulates Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors. Bockman CS, Quast, M and Stairs DJ. Nebraska Neuroscience Symposium 2013
  • Relationship Between nAChR Subtypes and Nicotine CPP in Differentially-Reared Rats. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Honolulu, HI. 2013
  • Invited talk at International meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence 2011
  • Poster talk at College on Problems of Drug Dependence 2009
  • Poster talk at invited Gordon Conference on Exocrine Glands and Salivary Secretion 2009
  • Gordon Conference 2007
  • Alpha-1 Adrenoceptor Signaling Pathways for ERK 1/2 Activation in Submandibular Gland Cells to Experimental Biology Meeting in San Francisco. 2006
  • Gordon Conference Presentation - Identification of the Alpha 1B-Adrenoceptor on Submandibular Acinar Cells and Its Signaling Pathway for Activation of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinases. 2005
  • Alpha 1 Adrenoceptor Signaling Pathway Mediating Sympathetic Nerve Regulation of Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase (ERK 1/2) in Submandibular Acinar Cells. Boys Town Research Conference 2005
  • Invited Speaker - University North Dakota School of Medicine "Autonomic Receptor Regulation of Growth Factor Pathways in Salivary Glands and Cell Lines" 2002
  • Experimental Biology Meeting: "Alpha-1 Adrenergic Receptor Subtypes on Submandibular Gland Cell Lines" 2002
  • Invited Speaker: University of South Florida College of Medicine "Signal Transduction Pathways in Salivary Gland Cell Lines: 2002
  • Grand Rounds - Anesthesiology Department at University of Nebraska Medical Center "Mechanisms of Spinal Opioid Analgesia" 2001
  • Invited Speaker: East Carolina University School of Medicine "Autonomic Receptors on Salivary Glands" 2001
  • Creighton University sponsored Pain Conference: Pharmacological Management of Pain 1999