Dr. John T. Robinson, Jr.


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Department of Biological Sciences

College of Agriculture, Human & Natural Sciences

Interim Assistant Dean of School of Graduate Studies & Research (2014 - present)


Contact Information:

Office Location: 112-H McCord Hall

Lab Location: 122A Harned Hall
Telephone: 615-963-5762
FAX: 615-963-5747

Email: jrobinson@tnstate.edu


Research Areas:

Function and regulation of cytoskeletal proteins and associated transport complexes in Drosophila; Cell and Developmental Biology; Cell Cycle Mechanisms; Molecular Genetics; Imaging.

Most Significant Publications:

Reis,G.F., Yang, G., Szpankowski, L., Weaver, L. C., Shah, S.B., Robinson, J. T., Hays, T. S., Danuser, G., and Goldstein, L.S.B. (2012) Molecular motor funtion in axonal transport in vivo probed by genetic and computational analysis in Drosophila.  Mol Biol Cell  [Epub ahead of print-March 7, 2012]

Iyadurai , S.J.P, Robinson , J.T, Ma . L., He , Y., Mische , S., Li, M-G., , Brown . W., Guichard . A., Bier , E. and Hays, T.S. (2008) Dynein and Star interact in EGFR signaling and ligand trafficking. J Cell Sci . 121 (Pt 16):2643-51 .

Washington, B., Williams, S., Armstrong, P., Mtshali, C., Robinson, J.T. and E. L. Myles, E.L (2006) Cadmium toxicity on arterioles vascular smooth muscle cells of spontaneously hypertensive rats. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 3(4): 309.

Robinson, J.T., Wojcik, E. J., Sanders, M. A., McGrail, M.. and Hays. T.S. (1999) Cytoplasmic dynein Is required for the nuclear attachment and migration of centrosomes during mitosis in Drosophila. J. Cell Biol. 146(3): 597-608.



Biol 6560       Techniques in Microscopy (Graduate)

Biol 5180       Cell Biology (Graduate)

Biol 5210       Embryology/Developmental Biology (Graduate)

Biol 4210       Embryology

Biol 2110       Cell Biology (Undergraduate)

Biol 1120       General Biology II

Biol 1110       General Biology I

ASOR 1001    Orientation for Science Majors (former COAS)

SAHE 1000    Orientation for Agricuture, Human and Natural Sciences Majors-Service to Leadership (CAHNS)

UNIV 1000     Service to Leadership (Freshman Orientation)


Departmental/University/Community Service

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Degree Program Academic Audit Team (Quality Assurance Subcommittee Chair)

Biological Sciences Recruitment Committee

Biological Sciences Curriculum Committee (Undergraduate/Graduate)

Biological Sciences Webmaster

TSU SAFRA Center for Learning, Advisement and Student Success (CLASS), Proposal Development/Project Director (2010-2011)

Tiger Tutoring -TSU in Review Tutorial Center: Science and Math Tutor

College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment Committee (2009-2011)

College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences Week Committee (2013-present)

TSU Regents Summer Math Academy, Director (2008- Present)

TSU Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP) Science/Math Liaison (2003- Present)

Urban League of Middle Tennessee- Project Ready Advisory Committee/TSU Saturday Academy Coordinator (2008-Present)

TSU-Nashville Public Works Recycling Committee

University Service Day Steering Committee

Interim Assistant Dean  of TSU School of Graduate Studies  & Research (2004-2006): ProQuest ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) System Implementation; Design and implementation of DocuShare Digital System for Graduate Application Program Routing and Review

TSU Research Symposium Committee (1998-2005; 2010- present)

President's Fellow, 2007-2008

TSU QEP-WRITE Development Committee

The Journal of Tennessee State University Editorial Committee (2011-Present)

Hands on Nashville Volunteer



Professional Affiliations:

American Society for Cell Biology

Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society



B.S. (Biology) - North Carolina Central University
Ph.D. (Biology - Cell, Developmental) - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Post-Doc - (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development) - University of Minnesota - Minneapolis/St. Paul

Date joined staff:  1998


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