Dr.Dustin Stairs


Dustin Stairs, Ph.D.

Phone # (402) 280-2461
E-mail: dustinstairs@creighton.edu

Teaches Courses in:
Physiological Psychology; Drugs & Behavior; Research Methods & Statistics; Learning: Basic Processes; History & Systems; and Introductory Psychology

Research interests:

My research interests involve the use of animal models to study the biological bases of drug abuse. Research in my laboratory focuses on the reinforcing properties and subjective effects of stimulant drugs. Interested students help in the daily handling and care of the animals. Students also obtain hands on experience with numerous behavioral pharmacology techniques.

Representative Publications:

Bockman, C.S. , Zeng, W., Fosdick, J.*, Mittelstet, B.*, and Schwarzkopf, L.*, Stairs, D.J., (2018). Nicotine Drug Discrimination and Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Differentially Reared Rats. Psychopharmacology

Kangiser, M.M.*, Dwoskin, L.P., and Stairs, D.J., (2018) Effects of Varenicline and GZ-793A on Methamphetamine and Food Self-Administration Under a Multiple Schedule of Reinforcement in Rats. Behavioural Pharmacology

Stairs, D.J., Ewin, S.E.*, Kangiser, M.M.*, and Pfaff, M.N.* (2017). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on d-Amphetamine Self-Administration Following Nicotine Exposure. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 25(5), 393-401

Stairs, D.J., Kangiser, M.M.*, Hickle, T.* and Bockman, C.S. (2016). Environmental Enrichment and Nicotine Addiction. In V.R. Preedy (Ed.), Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse; Volume 1: Common Substances of Abuse/Tobacco, Alcohol, Cannabinoids and Opioids. London: Academic Press

Gupta, S.C., Ravikrishnan, A., Hillman, B.G., Mao, Z., Pavuluri, R., Ugale, R. Li, M., Stairs, D.J., Monaghan, D. and David, S.M (2016) The NMDA receptor GluN2C subunit controls cortical excitatory-inhibitory balance, neuronal oscillations and cognitive function. Scientific Reports, 6, 38321.

Ewin, S.E.*, Kangiser, M.M.* and Stairs, D.J. (2015). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Nicotine Conditioned Place Preference in Rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 23(5), 387-94

Gupta, S.C., Yadav, R., Morley, B.J., Stairs, D.J. and Dravid, S.M. (2015). Essential role of GluD1 in dendritic spine development and GluN2B to GluN2A NMDAR subunit switch in the cortex and hippocampus reveals ability of GluN2B inhibition in correcting hyperconnectivity. Neuropharmacology, 93, 274-284

Suryavanshi, P.S., Ugale, R.R., Yilmazer-Hanke, D., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2014). GluN2C/GluN2D subunit-selective NMDA receptor potentiator CIQ reverses MK-801-induced impairment in prepulse inhibition and working memory in Y-maze test in mice. British Journal of Pharmacology, 171(3), 799-809

Yadav, R., Hillman, B.G., Gupta, S.C., Bhatt, J.M., Suryavanshi, P., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid , S.M. (2013). Deletion of Glutamate Delta-1 Receptor in Mouse Leads to Enhanced Working Memory and deficit in Contextual Fear Conditioning. PLoS One, 8(4), e60785
Gupta, S.C., Hillman, B.G., Prakash, A., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2013). Effect of D-cycloserine in conjunction with fear extinction training on extracellular signal-regulated kinase activation in prefrontal cortex and amygdala in rat. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37(11), 1811-1822
Adams, E., Klug, J., Quast, M., and Stairs, D.J., (2013). Effects of Environmental Enrichment on Nicotine-Induced Sensitization and Cross-Sensitization to d-Amphetamine in Rats. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 129, 247-253
Yadav, R., Gupta, S.C., Hillman, B.G., Bhatt, J., Stairs, D.J., and Dravid, S.M. (2012). Deletion of glutamate delta-1 receptor in mouse leads to aberrant emotional and social behaviors. PLoS One, 7(3), e32969.
Stairs, D.J., Prendergast, M.A., and Bardo, M.T. (2011). Enrichment-induced differences in corticosterone: Differential response to amphetamine and glucocorticoid receptor blockade in amphetamine self-administration. Psychopharmacology, 218(1), 293-301
Hillman, B.G., Gupta, S.C., Stairs, D.J., Buonanno, A., and Dravid, S.M. (2011). Behavioral analysis of NR2C knockout mouse reveals deficit in working memory and acquisition of conditioned fear. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 95(4), 404-414
Stairs, D.J., Neugebauer, N.M., and Bardo, M.T. (2010).  Nicotine self-administration in rats using a multiple schedule of intravenous nicotine and sucrose. Behavioural Pharmacology, 21(3), 182-193.
Stairs, D.J. and Bardo, M.T. (2009).  Neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and drug abuse vulnerability.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 92(3), 377-382.