Erica Levitt, Ph.D.

Michigan Neuroscience Institute Affiliate
Associate Professor, Pharmacology
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology

Ann Arbor MI 48109-5632


Areas of Interest

Opioids, neural control of breathing, electrophysiology

Honors & Awards

2022       ASPET Neuropharmacology Early Career Award
2021       New Investigator Award, Respiration Section, American Physiological Society
2020       Exemplary Teacher Award, University of Florida, College of Medicine
2015       Usha Award, American Physiological Society, Respiration Section
2015-21  K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award
2014       Junior investigator best poster award, Winter Conference on Brain Research
2012-14  NIH Post-doctoral Individual NRSA (F32 DA33036)
2011-15  International Narcotics Research Conference Travel Award
2010-11  Training Program in Neuronal Signaling (T32 NS07381)
2008-10  NIH Pre-doctoral Individual NRSA (F31 DA23339)


  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Michigan
  • Pharm.D., Ohio Northern University
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Saunders SE, Baekey DM and Levitt ES (2022) Fentanyl effects on respiratory neuron activity in the dorsolateral pons. J Neurophysiol 128:1117-1132. PMID: 36197016
  • Bateman JT*, Saunders SE* and Levitt ES (2021) Understanding and countering opioid-induced respiratory depression. Brit J Pharmacol PMID:34089181
  • Varga AG, Reid BT, Kieffer BL and Levitt ES (2020) Differential impact of two critical respiratory centers in opioid-induced respiratory depression in awake mice. J Physiol 598:189-205. PMID:31589332
  • Levitt ES, Abdala AP, Paton JFR, Bissonnette JM and Williams JT (2015) Mu opioid receptor activation hyperpolarizes respiratory-controlling Kölliker-Fuse neurons and suppresses post-inspiratory drive. J Physiol 593:4453-4469. PMID:26175072

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