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LSU Health Shreveport
Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71103

(318) 675-4614  
(318) 675-7857

Christopher D. Schmoutz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Neuroscience


PhD, 2013, LSU Health Shreveport



Dr. Schmoutz research interests include neuropsychopharmacology, neuroendocrinology, and zebrafish models of neuropsychiatric disorders. As an educator, Dr. Schmoutz teaches topics of neuroscience and neuropharmacology to graduate and medical students. In his free time, Dr. Schmoutz likes to sing, act, and dance in musical theater and opera productions.

The Schmoutz Laboratory evaluates neuropharmacological therapeutics through advanced behavioral and neurochemical techniques. We are actively developing novel zebrafish models of neuropsychiatric disorders, including addiction, epilepsy, anxiety, and PTSD. These zebrafish models are high-throughput and inexpensive, allowing us to quickly answer important neuropsychopharmacological questions in a cost-effective manner. To accomplish these research goals, we utilize many novel open-source software and hardware solutions including 3-D printing for rapid prototyping, Arduino microcontrollers for automated behavioral experiments, and R for data analysis.

We are interested in further collaborations from like-minded researchers both in industry and academia.


CD Schmoutz, GF Guerin, SP Runyon, S Dhungana, NE Goeders. A therapeutic combination of metyrapone and oxazepam increases brain levels of GABA-active neurosteroids and decreases cocaine self-administration in male rats. in Behavioural Brain Research, vol 291, 2015.


 CD Schmoutz, SP Runyon, NE Goeders. Effects of inhibitory GABA-active neurosteroids on cocaine seeking and cocaine taking in rats. in Psychopharmacology, vol 231, 2014.


 CD Schmoutz, GF Guerin, NE Goeders. Role of GABA-active neurosteroids in the efficacy of metyrapone against cocaine addiction. in Behavioural Brain Research, vol 271, 2014.


 GF Guerin, CD Schmoutz, NE Goeders. The extra-adrenal effects of metyrapone and oxazepam on ongoing cocaine self-administration. in Brain Research, vol 1575, 2014.


 NE Goeders, GF Guerin, CD Schmoutz. The combination of metyrapone and oxazepam for the treatment of cocaine and other drug addictions. in Advances in Pharmacology, vol 69, 2014.


 CD Schmoutz, Y Zhang, SP Runyon, NE Goeders. Antagonism of the neuropeptide S receptor with RTI-118 decreases cocaine self-administration and cocaine-seeking behavior in rats. in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, vol 103, 2012.



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