Dr. Jutkiewicz graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in biopsychology in 1997. She obtained her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 2004. After 5 years of postdoctoral training and 3 years in a research track faculty position, Dr. Jutkiewicz initiated her independent laboratory in 2013 in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan. Her work mainly focuses on evaluating the behavioral effects of drug, specifically opioids and other drugs of abuse.
The Jutkiewicz laboratory investigates the behavioral and neurobiological effects of drugs of abuse with a large emphasis on studying traditional and novel opioid ligands. Other interests in the laboratory include delta-opioid receptor pharmacology, the long-term consequences of adolescent drug use, and the role of the gut microbiome in regulating CNS function.
Dr. Jutkiewicz's projects include:
-Development of Mixed Function Opioid Peptides and Peptidomimetics
-Regulator of G protein signaling proteins differentially control opioid analgesia
-Endogenous enkephalins and reward mechanisms
-Abuse potential of a novel bifunctional opioid ligand