Michael B. Robinson, PhD

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Michael B. Robinson, PhD, is a researcher in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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Education and Training

Graduate Degree

PhD in Biochemistry - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Titles and Academic Titles

PhD Researcher

Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Jager J., O’Brien W.T., Krizman E.N., Fang B., Gerhart-Hines Z., Robinson M.B., Klein P.S., and Lazar M.A. Behavioral changes and dopaminergic dysregulation in mice lacking the nuclear receptor Rev-erb. Molec. Endocrinol., 28 (2014) 490-498.

Jackson J.G., O’Donnell J.C., Takano H., Coulter D.A., and Robinson M.B. Neuronal activity and glutamate uptake decrease mitochondrial mobility and position mitochondria near glutamate transporters.  J. Neurosci. 34 (2014) 1613-1624.

Lane M.C., Jackson J.G., Krizman E.N., Rothstein J.D., Porter B.E., and Robinson M.B. Genetic deletion of the neuronal glutamate transporter, EAAC1, results in decreased neuronal death after pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus.  Neurochemistry Int. 73 (2014) 152-158.

Whitelaw B.S. and Robinson M.B. Inhibitors of glutamate dehydrogenase block sodium-dependent glutamate uptake in rat brain membranes. Frontiers in Molecular Endocrinology. 4:123. doi:10.3389


Bauer D.E., Jackson J.G., Genda E.N., Montoya M.M., Yudkoff M., and Robinson M.B. The glutamate transporter, GLAST, participates in a macromolecular complex that supports glutamate metabolism.  Neurochemistry Int. 61 (2012) 566-574.



Bauer D., and Robinson M.B.  Glutamatergic Neurotransmission.  In: Primer on the Autonomic Nervous System, (Eds. D. Roberston, I. Biaggioni, P.A. Low, and J.E.R. Paton), Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, CA, (2012) pp. 103-107.


Robinson M. B. Synaptic transmission: Amino acids. In  Biological bases of brain function and disease (Eds. A. Frazer, P. B. Molinoff, and A. Winokur) Raven Press, N.Y. (1993) pp 106-125.


Coyle J. T., Robinson M. B., Blakely R. D., and Forloni G. -L. The neurobiology of N-acetyl-aspartylglutamate. In: Allosteric Modulation of Amino Acid Receptors: Therapeutic Implication, (Ed. E.A. Barnard and E. Costa) Raven Press, N.Y. (1989) pp. 319-333.

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation

Robinson MB. “Individual Development Plans for Post-Doctoral Fellows” invited speaker International Society for Computational Biology, Boston MA, July 2014.

Robinson MB. “Glutamate transporters, astroglia, and mitochondria: Basic Biology and potential implications for neurodegenerative disease” Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center, Temple university, Philadelphia, PA, June 2014.

Robinson MB. “Glutamate transporters and mitochondria” invited speaker, 11th International Conference on Brain Energy Metabolism, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2014.

Robinson MB. “Glutamate transporters and mitochondria” symposium speaker, ASN, Long Beach, CA, March 2014.


Robinson MB. “Glutamate transporters, mitochondria, and astrocytes: Biology reveals itself” invited speaker 6th SFB35 Symposium, Vienna, Austria, September 2013.

Robinson MB. “Manuscript reviews and responding to reviews” invited speaker, Editor’s workshop, ISN Conference, Cancun Mexico, April 2013.

Robinson MB. “Studies of transcriptional regulation of GLT-1/EAAT2 reveal subtypes of Astrocytes” Brain in Flux Satellite to ISN Conference, Cancun, Mexico, April 2013.

Awards and Honors

2008, Faculty Mentor Award, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

1998-present, Stokes Investigator, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

1994, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Dean's Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Training

1994, Recipient of Travel Award to the International Meeting of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders

1989, WCBR Young Investigator Fellowship Award

1989-91, Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

1987, Individual National Research Service Award from NIH, 1987-88

1986, Bacaner Basic Science Award for Achievement in Graduate Medical Research, Minnesota Medical Foundation

1985, Individual National Research Service Award from NIH, 1985-87

1985, Cyrus P. Barnum Jr. Memorial Teaching Fellowship, Minnesota Medical Foundation


Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions
Editorial Boards

Editor-in-Chief (2011-present) Neurochemistry International

Editorial Board (2006-present) Molecular Pharmacology

Editorial Board (2007-present) Neuropharmacology


Brain Research

Developmental Brain Research

European Journal of Neuroscience


Journal of Biological Chemistry

Journal of Clinical Investigation

Journal of Comparative Neurology

Journal of Neurochemistry

Journal of Neuroscience

Journal of Neuroscience Research

Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

Molecular Pharmacology

Neuroscience Letters

Neurochemistry International

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Institutional Committees

2000-present, Member, Post-Doctoral Advisory Committee, University of Pennsylvania

1992-present, Member,  Graduate Group of Institute of Neurological Sciences, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

1991-present, Member, Executive Committee for the Graduate Group in Pharmacology

1988-present, Member, Executive Committee for the Graduate Group in Pharmacology