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Steve Davidson, PhD

Associate Professor

Anesthesiology | College of Medicine

  • Postdoctoral: Washington University School of Medicine (Pain Neurobiology)
  • Doctoral Degree: University of Minnesota (Neuroscience)
  • Bachelor's Degree: University of New Orleans (Psychology)
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Peer Reviewed Publications

Zahedi K.; Brooks M.; Barone S.; Rahmati N.; Murray Stewart T.; Dunworth M.; Destefano-Shields C.; Dasgupta N.; Davidson S.; Lindquist D.M.; Fuller C.E.; Smith R.D.; Cleveland J.L.; Casero R.A.; Soleimani M. 12-01-2020. Ablation of polyamine catabolic enzymes provokes Purkinje cell damage, neuroinflammation, and severe Journal of Neuroinflammation, 17 1,

Park S.;Brenner D.;Shin G.;Morgan C.;Copits B.;Chung H.;Pullen M.;Noh K.;Davidson S.;Oh S.;Yoon J.;Jang K.;Samineni V.;Norman M.;Grajales-Reyes J.;Vogt S.;Sundaram S.;Wilson K.;Ha J.;Xu R.;Pan T.;Kim T.;Huang Y.;Montana M.;Golden J.;Bruchas M.;Gereau R.;Rogers J. 12-01-2015. Soft, stretchable, fully implantable miniaturized optoelectronic systems for wireless optogenetics Nature Biotechnology, 33 12, 1280-1286

Davidson S.;Giesler G. 12-01-2010. The multiple pathways for itch and their interactions with pain Trends in Neurosciences, 33 12, 550-558

Ray P.R.; Wangzhou A.; Ghneim N.; Yousuf M.S.; Paige C.; Tavares-Ferreira D.; Mwirigi J.M.; Shiers S.; Sankaranarayanan I.; McFarland A.J.; Neerukonda S.V.; Davidson S.; Dussor G.; Burton M.D.; Price T.J. 10-01-2020. A pharmacological interactome between COVID-19 patient samples and human sensory neurons reveals pot Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 89 , 559-568

Valtcheva M.;Copits B.;Davidson S.;Sheahan T.;Pullen M.;McCall J.;Dikranian K.;Gereau R. 10-01-2016. Surgical extraction of human dorsal root ganglia from organ donors and preparation of primary sensor Nature Protocols, 11 10, 1877-1888

Davidson S.;Zhang X.;Khasabov S.G.;Simone D.A.;Giesler G.J. 10-01-2008. Termination zones of functionally characterized spinothalamic tract neurons within the primate poste Journal of Neurophysiology, 100 4, 2026-2037

Oetjen L.;Mack M.;Feng J.;Whelan T.;Niu H.;Guo C.;Chen S.;Trier A.;Xu A.;Tripathi S.;Luo J.;Gao X.;Yang L.;Hamilton S.;Wang P.;Brestoff J.;Council M.;Brasington R.;Schaffer A.;Brombacher F.;Hsieh C.;Gereau R.;Miller M.;Chen Z.;Hu H.;Davidson S.;Liu Q.;Kim B. 09-21-2017. Sensory Neurons Co-opt Classical Immune Signaling Pathways to Mediate Chronic Itch Cell, 171 1, 217-228.e13

Davidson S.;Zhang X.;Khasabov S.;Moser H.;Honda C.;Simone D.;Giesler G. 09-15-2012. Pruriceptive spinothalamic tract neurons: Physiological properties and projection targets in the pri Journal of Neurophysiology, 108 6, 1711-1723

Davidson S.;Zhang X.;Yoon C.;Khasabov S.;Simone D.;Giesler G. 09-12-2007. The itch-producing agents histamine and cowhage activate separate populations of primate spinothalam Journal of Neuroscience, 27 37, 10007-10014

Zhang X.;Davidson S.;Giesler G. 09-07-2006. Thermally identified subgroups of marginal zone neurons project to distinct regions of the ventral p Journal of Neuroscience, 26 19, 5215-5223

Davidson S.;Golden J.P.;Copits B.A.;Ray P.R.;Vogt S.K.;Valtcheva M.V.;Schmidt R.E.;Ghetti A.;Price T.J.;Gereau R.W. 09-01-2016. Group II mGluRs suppress hyperexcitability in mouse and human nociceptors Pain, 157 9, 2081-2088

Davidson S.;Truong H.;Giesler G. 08-15-2010. Quantitative analysis of spinothalamic tract neurons in adult and developing mouse Journal of Comparative Neurology, 518 16, 3193-3204

Huang C.C.; Yang W.; Guo C.; Jiang H.; Li F.; Xiao M.; Davidson S.; Yu G.; Duan B.; Huang T.; Huang A.J.W.; Liu Q. 08-01-2018. Anatomical and functional dichotomy of ocular itch and pain Nature Medicine, 24 8, 1268-1276

Renthal W.; Chamessian A.; Curatolo M.; Davidson S.; Burton M.; Dib-Hajj S.; Dougherty P.M.; Ebert A.D.; Gereau R.W.; Ghetti A.; Gold M.S.; Hoben G.; Menichella D.M.; Mercier P.; Ray W.Z.; Salvemini D.; Seal R.P.; Waxman S.; Woolf C.J.; Stucky C.L.; Price T.J. 05-05-2021. Human cells and networks of pain: Transforming pain target identification and therapeutic developmen Neuron, 109 9, 1426-1429

Davidson S.;Zhang X.;Khasabov S.;Simone D.;Giesler G. 05-01-2009. Relief of itch by scratching: State-dependent inhibition of primate spinothalamic tract neurons Nature Neuroscience, 12 5, 544-546

Anderson G.;Cao Y.;Davidson S.;Truong H.;Pravetoni M.;Thomas M.;Wickman K.;Giesler G.;Martemyanov K. 03-01-2010. R7BP complexes with RGS9-2 and RGS7 in the striatum differentially control motor learning and locomo Neuropsychopharmacology, 35 4, 1040-1050

Schutte S.C.; Kadakia F.; Davidson S. 02-01-2021. Skin-Nerve Co-Culture Systems for Disease Modeling and Drug Discovery Tissue Engineering - Part C: Methods, 27 2, 89-99

Davidson S.;Truong H.;Nakagawa Y.;Giesler G. 01-11-2010. A microinjection technique for targeting regions of embryonic and neonatal mouse brain in vivo Brain Research, 1307 , 43-52

Valtcheva M.;Davidson S.;Zhao C.;Leitges M.;Gereau R. 01-06-2015. Protein kinase C? mediates histamine-evoked itch and responses in pruriceptors Molecular Pain, 11 1,

Chen S.; Kadakia F.; Davidson S. 01-01-2020. Group II metabotropic glutamate receptor expressing neurons in anterior cingulate cortex become sens Molecular Pain, 16 ,

Lee S.H.; Tonello R.; Im S.T.; Jeon H.; Park J.; Ford Z.; Davidson S.; Kim Y.H.; Park C.K.; Berta T. 01-01-2020. Resolvin D3 controls mouse and human TRPV1-positive neurons and preclinical progression of psoriasis Theranostics, 10 26, 12111-12126

Reker A.N.; Chen S.; Etter K.; Burger T.; Caudill M.; Davidson S. 01-01-2020. The operant plantar thermal assay: A novel device for assessing thermal pain tolerance in mice eNeuro, 7 2,

Davidson S. 01-01-2016. A Spinal Circuit for Mechanically-Evoked Itch Trends in Neurosciences, 39 1, 1-2

O’Brien D.E.;Alter B.J.;Satomoto M.;Morgan C.D.;Davidson S.;Vogt S.K.;Norman M.E.;Gereau G.B.;Demaro J.A.;Landreth G.E.;Golden J.P.;Gereau R.W. 01-01-2015. ERK2 alone drives inflammatory pain but cooperates with ERK1 in sensory neuron survival Journal of Neuroscience, 35 25, 9491-9507

Valtcheva M.;Samineni V.;Golden J.;Gereau R.;Davidson S. 01-01-2015. Enhanced nonpeptidergic intraepidermal fiber density and an expanded subset of chloroquine-responsiv Journal of Pain, 16 4, 346-356

Davidson S.;Copits B.;Zhang J.;Page G.;Ghetti A.;Gereau R. 01-01-2014. Human sensory neurons: Membrane properties and sensitization by inflammatory mediators Pain, 155 9, 1861-1870