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Richard Robison

Professor
Microbiology & Molecular Biology

3131 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Teaching Interests
General microbiology, immunology, bacterial pathogenesis

Research Interests
Bacterial agents that cause disease in man and animals are the focus of our research. Pathogenic mechanisms these organisms use to evade host immune mechanisms and cause disease is a specific focus.

We are interested in all CDC select agents as well as pathogens within the genera Pasteurella and Myobacterium. The genetic diversity of these pathogens, their virulence factors, and the development of multiplexed real-time PCR detection assays, are some areas in which we are currently working.

Particular species in which we are interested include: Pasteurella multocida (the agent of fowl cholera), Burkholderia pseudomallei (the etiologic agent of melioidosis), Burkholderia mallei (the etiologic agent of glanders), and pathogenic members of the genus Mycobacterium including M. ulcerans (the etiologic agent of Buruli ulcer) and drug-resistant isolates of M. tuberculosis.

In addition to the above, we also maintain an active interest in the areas of decontamination, disinfection, and infection control. We are currently performing research on compounds and devices that are capable of high-level disinfection (with an emphasis on tuberculocidal activity) and/or sterilization.

Education
Brigham Young University, Microbiology major, Statistics/Comp. Science minor, Ph.D. (1988)
Brigham Young University, Microbiology major, Biochemistry minor, M.S. (1980)
Brigham Young University, Microbiology major, Chemistry minor, B.Sc. (1978)

Honors and Awards
BYU College of Life Sciences: Outstanding Research Award
BYU College of Life Sciences: Thomas Martin Professorship
BYU Alumni Association: Alumni Professorship
BYU College of Biology and Agriculture: College Professorship
BYU College of Biology and Agriculture: College Teaching Excellence Award
BYU Student Alumni Association: Student Award for Excellence in Teaching
BYU Department of Honors and General Education: Alcuin Fellowship
BYU Student Alumni Association: Excellence in Teaching Award

Publications
Townsend MH, Shrestha G, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2018. The expansion of targetable biomarkers for CAR T cell therapy. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research201837:163. 37(163).

Bewley KD, Bennallack PR, Burlingame MA, Robison RA, Griffitts JS, Miller SM. 2016. Capture of micrococcin biosynthetic intermediates reveals C-terminal processing as an obligatory step for in vivo maturation. 113(44):12450-12455.

Bennallack PR, Bewley KD, Burlingame MA, Robison RA, Miller SM, Griffitts JS. 2016. Reconstitution and Minimization of a Micrococcin Biosynthetic Pathway in Bacillus subtilis. 198(18):2431-8.

Pitt WG, Alizadeh M, Husseini GA, McClellan D, Buchannan C, Bledsoe C, Robison RA, Blanco R, Roeder BL, Melville M, et al. 2016. Rapid Separation of Bacteria from Blood – Review and Outlook. Biotechnology Progress. 32(4):823-839.

Gunnell MK, Robison RA, Adams BJ. 2016. Natural Selection in Virulence Genes of Francisella tularensis. 82(6):264-278.

Gunnell MK, Adams BJ, Robison RA. 2016. The Genetic Diversity and Evolution of Francisella tularensis with Comments on Detection by PCR. Current Issues in Molecular Biology. 18:79-91.

Bennallack PR, Burt SR, Heder MJ, Robison RA, Griffitts JS. 2014. Characterization of a Novel Plasmid-Borne Thiopeptide Gene Cluster in Staphylococcus epidermidis Strain 115. Journal of Bacteriology. 196(24):4344-4350.

Meyers J, Ryndock E, Conway MJ, Meyers C, Robison RA. 2014. Susceptibility of high-risk human papillomavirus type 16 to clinical disinfectants. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 1-5.

Clifford AB, Elnaggar AM, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2013. Investigating the role of macrophages in tumor formation using a MaFIA mouse model. Oncology Reports. 30(2):890-896.

Lowe C, March JK, Bunnell AJ, O'Neill KL, Robison RA. 2013. PCR-based methodologies used to detect and differentiate the Burkholderia pseudomallei complex: B. pseudomallei, B. mallei, and B. thailandensis. Current Issues in Molecular Biology. 16:23-54.

Li D, March JK, Bills TM, Holt BC, Wilson CE, Lowe C, Tolley HD, Lee ML, Robison RA. 2013. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method for rapid identification and differentiation of Burkholderia pseudomallei, B. mallei, and B. thailandensis from several members of the B. cepacia complex. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 115:1159-1171.

Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2013. Thymidine kinase 1: a universal marker for cancer. Cancer and Clinical Oncology. 2(1):159-167.

Robison RA, March JK, Cohen MN, Lindsey JM, Millar DA, Lowe C, Bunnell AJ, Schaalje GB, O'Neill KL. 2012. The differential susceptibility of spores from virulent and attenuated Bacillus anthracis strains to aldehyde- and hypochlorite-based disinfectants. MicrobiologyOpen. 1-8.

Robison RA, Gunnell MK, Lovelace CD, Satterfield BA, Moore EA, O'Neill KL. 2012. A multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection and differentiation of Francisella tularensis subspecies. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 61:1525-1531.

Gupta-Elera G, Garrett A, Martinez A, Kraus R, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2012. A Comparison of Antioxidant Properties in Organic and Conventional Blueberries. Journal of Food Research. 1(3):1-7.

Alegre M, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2012. Thymidine kinase 1 upregulation is an early event in breast tumor formation. Journal of Oncology. 2012:5.

Alegre MM, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2012. Thymidine kinase 1upregulation is an early event in breast tumor formation. Journal of Oncology. 1-5.

Gupta G, Garrett A, Robison RA, O'Neill KL. 2012. The role of oxidative stress in prostate cancer -a review. European Journal of Cancer Prevention. 21(2):155-162.

Dudleenamjil E, Lin CY, Dredge D, Murray B, Robison RA, Johnson FB. 2010. Bovine parvovirus uses clathrin-mediated endocytosis for cell entry. Journal of General Virology. 91:3032-3041.

Margolis JM, El-Etr S, Joubert LM, Moore EA, Robison RA, Rasley A, Spormann AM, Monack DM. 2010. Contributions of Francisella tularensis subsp. novicida chitinases and Sec secretion system to biofilm formation on chitin. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 76(2):596-608.

Mitchell AM, Strobel GA, Moore E, Robison RA, Sears J. 2010. Volatile antimicrobials from Muscodor crispans, a novel endophytic fungus. Microbiology. 156(1):270-277.

Satterfield BA, Stewart AF, Lew CS, Pickett DO, Cohen M, Moore EA, Luedtke PF, O'Neill KL, Robison RA. 2010. A quadraplexed real-time PCR assay for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E and F. Journal of Medical Microbiology. 59(1):55-64.