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John Robinson, Ph.D.

University of New Hampshire (1991)


Office: Psychology B-254

Professor, Integrative Neuroscience

Dr. Robinson will not be reviewing graduate student applications for the upcoming academic year.

Research Interests:

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, biochemical, pharmacological, and neuroanatomical techniques in several lines of research that include collaborations with laboratories at Stony Brook University and other institutions.


  • State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2014
  • 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 Publications:

Birey, F., Kloc, M., Christoffel, D.J., Chen, T., Wilson, M., Frohman, M.A., Robinson, J.K., Russo, S.J., Maffei, A. and Aguirre, A. (2015) Loss of NG2+ glia drives development of depressive behavior. Neuron. Dec 2;88(5):941-56. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.10.046. Epub 2015 Nov 20.

Torres L, Danver J, Ji K, Miyauchi JT, Chen D, Anderson ME, West BL, Robinson JK, Tsirka SE. (2015) Dynamic microglial modulation of spatial learning and social behavior. Brain Behav Immun. 2015 Sep 5. pii: S0889-1591(15)30009-X. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.09.001. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 26348580.

Ou-Yang MH, Xu F, Liao MC, Davis J, Robinson JK, Van Nostrand WE. (2015). The N-terminal region of myelin basic protein reduces fibrillar amyloid-ß deposition inTg-5xFAD mice. Neurobiol Aging. 2015 Feb;36(2):801-11. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.10.006. Epub  Oct 13. PubMed PMID: 25457550; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4315736.

Xu W, Xu F, Anderson ME, Kotarba AE, Davis J, Robinson JK, Van Nostrand WE. (2014). Cerebral microvascular rather than parenchymal amyloid-ß protein pathology promotes early cognitive impairment in transgenic mice.  J Alzheimers Dis.; 38(3):621-32. doi: 10.3233/JAD-130758. PubMed PMID: 24037035.

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. PubMed PMID: 23103403.

Nguyen MV, Felice CA, Du F, Covey MV, Robinson JK, Mandel G, Ballas N.  (2013). Oligodendrocyte lineage cells contribute unique features to Rett syndromeneuropathology. J Neurosci. Nov 27;33(48):18764-74. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2657-13.2013. PubMed PMID: 24285883.

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.PubMed PMID: 23142608. 

Thanos PK, Robison LS, Robinson JK, Michaelides M, Wang GJ, Volkow ND. (2013). Obese rats with deficient leptin signaling exhibit heightened sensitivity to olfactory  food cues. Synapse. Apr;67(4):171-8. doi: 10.1002/syn.21627. Epub 2012 Dec 20. PubMed PMID: 23172699 

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., Järv, J., Robinson, J.K. & Langel. Ü. (2011) Novel galanin receptor subtype specific ligands in feeding regulation. Neurochemistry International, 58, 714-720.

Current Research Support:

1 R01AG048935-01A1       Anderson, Robinson & Van Nostrand (Multiple PI)

National Institutes of Health

Modeling aerobic exercise regimens: prevention and amelioration of amyloid pathologies and cognitive impairment.


Role: PI     Total Costs: $1,295,600


1 R21NS091969-01           Benveniste, Robinson & Van Nostrand (Multiple PI)

National Institutes of Health

A Transgenic Rat Model of Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy


Role: PI     Total Costs: $434,500


1 R21AG043813-01A1       Robinson (PI)

National Institutes of Health

A Murine Progressive Cognitive Stimulation (PCS) Model to Ameliorate Alzheimer’s

7/1/2013-6/30/2016 (no cost extension)

Role: PI     Total Costs: $429,038


1 R01MH099384-01A1    Aguirre (PI)

Role of NG2+ cells in brain homeostasis and depression.

National Institutes of Health


Role: Co-I    Total Costs: $1,961,524