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Phyllis Robinson

Professor

Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Bldg, Room 470
Phone
410-455-2977
probinso@umbc.edu
Education
Ph D, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1981)
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About

I obtained a BA from Wellesley College and a Ph.D from University of WI-Madison. I was a post doctoral fellow at Brandeis University and joined the faculty at UMBC in 1992

Research Interests

The aim of my research is to understand how information in the environment is transformed into an appropriate biological signal. I study this problem of signal transduction in photoreceptors for they are accessible to a variety of techniques, providing a system in which it is possible to interface the approaches of biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in Vision Science, Signal Transduction and Neurobiology.

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Robinson, Phyllis R. (Co-Principal) Hattar, S Brown, R L. The functional contribution of melanopsin phototransduction in ipRGC subtypes Grant (Funded) (May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2022)

Peercy, Bradford E. Hoffman, Kathleen (Co-Principal) Robinson, Phyllis R. (Supporting) Learning and Innovation at the Interface of Mathematics and Medicine: A NEW Approach Grant Sponsored by Hrabowski Innovation Fund

Intellectual Contributions

C-terminal phosphorylation regulates the kinetics of a subset of melanopsin-mediated behaviors in mice 10 vol. 114 :2741-2746. PNAS

Adaptations of Cetacean Retinal Pigments to Aquatic Environments. vol. 4 70 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.

A visual circuit uses complementary mechanisms to support transient and sustained pupil constriction. Elife

A stochastic model of the melanopsin phototransduction cascade IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics/Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Characterization of visual pigments, oil droplets, lens and cornea in the whooping crane Grus americana. Pt 21 vol. 217 3883-90 The Journal of experimental biology

Identification of critical phosphorylation sites on the carboxy tail of melanopsin. 16 vol. 53 2644-9 Biochemistry

Identification of the phosphorylation sites of melanopsin involved in deactivation Biochemistry

β-Arrestin-dependent deactivation of mouse melanopsin. 11 vol. 9 e113138 PloS one

Light-dependent phosphorylation of the carboxy tail of mouse melanopsin. 9 vol. 69 1551-62 Cell Mol Life Sci

Phosphorylation of Mouse Melanopsin by Protein Kinase A. vol. 7 10.1371 Plos

The molecular genetics and evolution of colour and polarization vision in stomatopod crustaceans , Ophthal.Physiol.Opt vol. 30 460-469

Presentations

(Author & Presenter) Biennial Conference on Marine Mammal Biology Poster , Cetacean sunglasses? Deactivation kinetics of melanopsin in cetacean rod monochromats, The Society for Marine Mammalogy Halifax,N.S.

(Author & Presenter) Marine Mammal Sensory Systems: an Integrated Perspective Lecture Phyllis Non-image forming vision in Cetaceans: What is melanopsin doing in the Aquatic mammal eye? Society for Marine Mammalogy Biennial Conference on Marine Mammal Biology Post-COnference Workshop Halifax,N.S.

(Moderator) The Biology and Chemistry of Vision Oral Presentation :”Seeing the Future: Vision careers in industry, government and academia” FASEB Steamboat SPring, CO

(Author) (Author & Presenter) The Biology and Chemistry of Vision Oral Presentation C-terminal phosphorylation regulates the kinetics of a subset of melanopsin-mediated behaviors in mice FASEB Steamboat SPring

(Author) (Author & Presenter) (Author) The Biology and Chemistry of Vision Poster The Adaptation of Melanopsin Signaling Kinetics in Rod Monochromats, FASEB Steamboat SPring, CO

(Author) (Author & Presenter) ARVO Poster C-terminal phosphorylation regulates the kinetics of a subset of melanopsin-mediated behaviors in miceAssociation for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Baltimore, MD

(Author & Presenter) (Author) (Author) (Author) (Author) (Author) Society for Neuroscience Poster C-terminal phosphorylation plays a crucial role the kinetics of non-image forming visual behaviors i Society for Neuroscience San Deigo, CA

(Author & Presenter) (Author) International Society for Eye Research Oral Presentation Shedding New Light on Opsin Evolution, International Society for Eye Research Berlin, Germany