John K. Robinson, Ph.D.
University of New Hampshire 1991
Professor, Integrative Neuroscience
Office: Office: Psychology B-254
Office Hours: Flexible, by appointment
Phone Number: (631) 632-7832


Area of Interest: Behavioral Neuroscience

Current Research:
The expertise of my laboratory is in the use of rodents as models to understand human central nervous system function and dysfunction. We apply behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroanatomical techniques in several lines of research that include collaborations with laboratories at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Tartu University and Stockholm University.

State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stony Brook Univ., 2003
Member, Academy of Teacher-Scholars, Stony Brook Univ. 2003-2006

Representative Recent Publications
Xu, W., Xu, F., Anderson, M.E., Kotarbab, A.E., Davis, J., Robinson, J.K & Van Nostrand, W.E. (In Press). Cerebral microvascular rather than parenchymal amyloid Ŗ-protein pathology promotes early cognitive impairment in transgenic mice. J. Alzheimerís Disease.

Thanos PK, Stamos J, Robison LS, Heyman G, Tucci A, Wang GJ, Robinson JK, Anderson BJ, Volkow ND. (2013) Daily treadmill exercise attenuates cocaine cue-induced reinstatement and cocaine induced locomotor response but increases cocaine-primed reinstatement. Behav Brain Res. 239:8-14. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23103403.

Anderson ME, Runesson J, Saar I, Langel U, Robinson JK. (2013). Galanin, through GalR1 but not GalR2 receptors, decreases motivation at times of high appetitive behavior. Behav Brain Res. Nov 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23142608.

Nguyen MV, Du F, Felice CA, Shan X, Nigam A, Mandel G, Robinson JK, Ballas N. (2012). MeCP2 is critical for maintaining mature neuronal networks and global brain anatomy during late stages of postnatal brain development and in the mature adult brain. J Neurosci. ;32:10021-34.

Bukhari, N. Torres, L., Robinson, J.K. & Tsirka , S. (2011). Axonal Regrowth after Spinal Cord Injury via Chondroitinase and the Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)/Plasmin System. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 14931-14943.

Blackshear, A.L., Xu, W., Anderson, M., Xu, F., Previti, M.L., Van Nostrand, W.E. & Robinson, J.K. (2011). A Novel Operant Testing Regimen for Multi-Construct Cognitive Characterization of a Murine Model of Alzheimer's Amyloid-Related Behavioral Impairment. Neurobiology of Learning & Behavior, 96, 443-451.

Saar, I., Runesson, J., McNamara, I., Jšrv, J., Robinson, J.K. & Langel. ‹. (2011) Novel galanin receptor subtype specific ligands in feeding regulation. Neurochemistry International, 58, 714-720.

Thanos, P.K., Kim, R., Cho, J., Michaelides, M., Anderson, B.J., Primeaux, S.D., Bray, G.A., Wang, G.J., Robinson, J.K. & Volkow N.D. (2010). Obesity-resistant S5B rats showed greater cocaine conditioned place preference than the obesity-prone OM rats. Physiol Behav., 101, 713-718.

McNamara, I. & Robinson, J.K. (2010). Conditional Stimulation by Galanin of Saccharin and Ethanol Consumption Under Free and Response Contingent Access. Neuropeptides, 44, 445-451.

Pothakos, K., Robinson, J.K., Gravanis, I. Marsteller, D.,Dewey, S. & Tsirka. S. (2010). Decreased serotonin levels associated with behavioral disinhibition in tissue plasminogen activator deficient (tPA-/-) mice. Brain Research, 1326, 135-142.

Thanos, P. K. , Habibi, R., Michaelides, M., Patel, U., Suchland, K., Anderson, B., Robinson, J.K. Wang, G-J., Grandy, D.K., Volkow, N.D. (2010). Dopamine D4 Receptor (D4R) Deletion in Mice Does Not Affect Operant Responding for Food or Cocaine. Behavioural Brain Research, 207, 508-511.

Thanos, P.K., IIvanov, I., Robinson, J.K., Michaelides, M., Reiszel, C., Wang, G-J., Swanson, J.M., Newcorn, J.H. & Volkow, N.D. (2010). Dissociation Between Spontaneously Hypertensive (SHR) and Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) Rats in Baseline Performance and Methylphenidate Response on Measures of Attention, Impulsivity and Hyperactivity in a Visual Stimulus Position Discrimination Task. Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior, 94, 374-379.

Current Research Support

1 R01MH099384-01A1 Aguirre (PI)
National Institutes of Health
Role of NG2+ cells in brain homeostasis and depression.
Role: Co-PI Total Costs: $1,961,524

1 R21AG043813-01A1 Robinson (PI)
National Institutes of Health
A Murine Progressive Cognitive Stimulation (PCS) Model to Ameliorate Alzheimerís
Role: PI Total Costs: $429,038

2R56 NS 052533-06A1 Van Nostrand (PI)
National Institutes of Health
AbetaPP influences Cerebral Thrombosis
Role Co-PI Total Costs: $393,541

4R33 AG 039215-03 Van Nostrand (PI)
National Institutes of Health
Mouse Model of Myelin Basic Protein-Amyloid Beta Protein Interactions
09/1/2013 - 08/31/2014
Role: Co-PI Total Costs: $236,375