Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology at the University of Pittsburgh
Kristal R. Tucker, PhD
Research Instructor
W1350 Thomas E. Starzl Biomedical Science Tower

Phone: 412-648-8693

Fax: 412-648-1945

BSc (Zoology and Biology), University of Tennessee, 1994
PhD (Neuroscience), Florida State University, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2010-2015

Research Areas
Signal Transduction
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Important Publications
Qian K, Yu N, Tucker KR, Levitan ES and Canavier CC. Mathematical analysis of depolarization block mediated by slow inactivation of fast sodium channels in midbrain dopamine neurons. J Neurophysiol 112:2779-2790, 2014.
Yu N, Tucker KR, Levitan ES, Shepard PD and Canavier CC. Implications of cellular models of dopamine neurons for schizophrenia. In: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science, Elsevier, 53-82, 2014.
Tucker K, Cho S, Thiebaud N, Henderson MX and Fadool DA. Glucose sensitivity of mouse olfactory bulb neurons is conveyed by a voltage-gated potassium channel. J Physiol 591:2541-2561, 2013.
Palouzier-Paulignan B, Lacroix MC, Aimé P, Baly C, Caillol M, Congar P, Julliard AK, Tucker K and Fadool DA. Olfaction under metabolic influences. Chemical Senses 37:769-797, 2012.
Tucker KR, Huertas MA, Horn JP, Canavier CC and Levitan ES. Pacemaker rate and depolarization block in nigral dopamine neurons: A somatic sodium channel balancing act. J Neurosci 32:14519-14531, 2012.
Ji H, Tucker KR, Putzier I, Huertas MA, Horn JP, Canavier CC, Levitan ES and Shepard PD. Functional characterization of ether-à-go-go-related gene potassium channels in midbrain dopamine neurons - Implications for a role in depolarization block. Euro J Neurosci 36:2906-2916, 2012.

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