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, 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 Recent Publications

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.

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 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 Alzheimer’s
Role: PI Total Costs: $429,038