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Douglas N. Robinson
Professor of Cell Biology

Ph.D. 1997. Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
M.Phil. 1993. Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
B.S. 1991. Genetic Biology (Honors and Distinction), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Since Nov., 2001

Primary Appt: Department of Cell Biology
Secondary Appts: Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Graduate Programs: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology (BCMB), Anti-Cancer Drug Development (ACDD), NanoBioMed (NBMed)

Research Interests
Molecular and mechanical bases of cell division. We are applying genetics, biochemistry, biophysics and mathematical modeling to studies of cytokinesis.

Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997-2000
Leukemia Research Foundation, Postdoctoral Award, 2000 (declined)
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, 2000-2004
Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award, 2003-2006

American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award, 2007-2011

Research Experience
Honors undergraduate research thesis.
Localization of cholecystokinin gene in the cattle genome by in situ DNA hybridization. Department of Animal Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1988-1991
Thesis advisor: Larry Chrisman, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Dissertation research. Studies on the function of Drosophila kelch, an ovarian ring canal organizer. Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1992-1997
Dissertation advisor: Lynn Cooley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral research. Probing the mechanisms of cytokinesis using Dictyostelium discoideum. Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, 1997-2001
Postdoctoral sponsor: James A. Spudich, Ph.D.

Graduate Student

Teaching Assistant for “Principles of Human Genetics”, HG500A. Yale University School of Medicine. New Haven, CT, 1993
Minority Outreach Program: Teaching Science to 7th Graders. Department of Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine and Troupe and West Hills Middle Schools, New Haven, CT, 1995
Postdoctoral Fellow
Co-organizer and moderator of graduate directed reading course, “Cell Migration and the Cytoskeleton.” Course organizers, James A. Spudich and Julie A. Theriot. Stanford University, 2000
Faculty Member
Lecturer in Course in In vivo Biophysics, Topics in Macromolecular Structure and Function Series. Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002
Core Discussion Leader, BCMB Program, 2002-03
Lecturer and Instructor, Cell Physiology Block of the Scientific Foundations of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical School First Year Curriculum, since 2003
Lecturer, Cell Structure and Dynamics, Johns Hopkins Medical School Graduate First Year Curriculum, 2004
Founding Director, The Cytoskeleton Elective, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Since 2005
Director, Cell Physiology Block of Scientific Foundations of Medicine, JHU Medical School First Year Curriculum, 2008-2010

Professional Societies
American Society for Cell Biology
Biophysical Society

Institutional Service

BCMB Graduate Program Admissions Committee, 2002-2005
BCMB Faculty Advisor for Annual Retreat, 2003-2005
Johns Hopkins Graduate Examination Board Orals Committees, since 2003
Johns Hopkins Medical School Council, 2005-2009
Chair, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine IBBS Imaging Director Search Committee, 2006
Young Investigators Day Postdoc/Medical Student Committee, 2007
NBMed/HHMI Graduate Program Admissions Committee, 2007
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, 2008-2010
Dept. of Cell Biology, Lewis Travel Award Committee, since 2008
Cell Biophysics Day Symposium, Founder with Jan Hoh (Physiology) and Jie Xiao (Biophysics), Nov. 24, 2008
Dept. of Cell Biology, Hay Graduate Student Fellowship Committee, since 2009
Summer Internship Program (SIP) Admissions Committee, since 2010
INBT Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Admissions Committee, since 2010

Editorial Activities
Editorial Boards
2009-present, Biophysical Journal
2010-present, Current Biology

2011-present, Cytoskeleton

Ad hoc Reviewing
Journals: Biophysical Journal, Cell Biology International, Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, Current Biology, Cytoskeleton, Developmental Cell, EMBO Journal, Experimental Cell Research, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility, Molecular Biology of the Cell, Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Trends in Cell Biology

Funding Evaluations and Grant Reviewing
Funding Agencies: National Science Foundation, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute of Korea, Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), Cancer Research UK, A-Star Singapore, Netherlands Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter, Israel Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust (UK), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) Quad Annual Review

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