Dr. Robert F. Newkirk


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Department of Biological Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Sciences


Contact Information:

Office Location: 118 Harned hall
Telephone: 615-963-5768
FAX: 615-963-5773; 615-530-5184 (cell)
Email: rnewkirk@tnstate.edu

Research Areas:



Recent Publications:

Ivy MT, Newkirk RF, Wang Y, Townsel JG. 2010. A novel choline cotransporter sequestration compartment in cholinergic neurons revealed by selective endosomal ablation. J Neurochem. 112(5):1295-1304.

Wang X, Newkirk RF, Carre W, Ghose P, Igobudia B, Townsel JG, Cogburn LA. 2009. Regulation of ANKRD9 expression by lipid metabolic perturbations. BMB Rep . 42(9):568-573.

Cao Z, Wang Y, McAdory BS, Kemp MD, Ivy MT, Newkirk RF, Townsel JG.       2006. Identification and characterization of syntaxin 1 antisense variants in Limulus polyphemus. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 26(1):53-66.

Cao Z, Kemp MD, Wang Y, Peng H, Martinez JL Jr, Newkirk RF, Townsel JG. 2004. Cloning and identification of Rab cDNAs from Limulus polyphemus. Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 50(6):737-47.

Wang Y, Cao Z, Xu W, Kemp MD, McAdory BS , Newkirk RF, Ivy MT,   Townsel JG. 2004. Cloning and partial characterization of four plasmalemmal-associated syntaxin isoforms in Limulus. Gene. 326:189-99.

Reid EA, Cao Z, Wang Y, Leite Browning ML, Newkirk RF, Chaudhuri G, Townsel JG. 2003. Molecular cloning and identification of a putative PKC epsilon cDNA from Limulus polyphemus brain. Life Sci. 72(8):961-76.

Wang Y, Cao Z, Newkirk RF, Ivy MT, Townsel JG. 2001. Molecular cloning of a cDNA for a putative choline co-transporter from Limulus CNS. Gene. 268(1-2):123-31.

Cao Z, Wang Y, Reid EA, McShepard G, Kemp M, Newkirk RF, Townsel JG.         2001. The quantitative distribution of a putative PKC epsilon mRNA in Limulus central nervous system by modified competitive RT-PCR. J Neurosci Methods. 15;105(2):193-9.

Ivy MT, Newkirk RF, Karim MR, Mtshali CM, Townsel JG. 2001. Hemicholinium-3 mustard reveals two populations of cycling choline cotransporters in Limulus. Neuroscience. 102(4):969-78.

Wang Y, Cao Z, Reid EA, Newkirk RF, Ivy MT, Townsel JG. 2000. The use of competitive PCR mimic to evaluate a Limulus lambda phage genomic DNA library. Cell Mol Neurobiol. 20(4):509-20.



BIOL 4272 – Physiology and Pathophysiology
BIOL 7260 - Neurobiology

Research Experience:

Program Director and Faculty Investigator, Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Program TSU; 1996 – 2008

Program Director HBCU UP Program TSU; 2008 - 2009


Professional Organizations:

Middle Tennessee Chapter of Society for Neuroscience

Society for Neuroscience

Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society


Honors and Recognitions:

Member Million Dollar Club (TSU)



B.S (Chemistry). 1963 – Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC
M.S (Biology). 1968 – Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
Ph.D. – 1972 - Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO


Date joined TSU Faculty:  August 1980

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