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Sarah Robinson

About

Dr. Robinson (maiden name Baas) completed her graduate work at the University of Georgia in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Tiemeyer at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center. Her work focused on the regulation of neural-specific glycosylation in the Drosophila embryo. After finishing her Ph.D. work, Dr. Robinson moved to Nashville to pursue postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Randy Blakely at Vanderbilt University.  There she switched to studying the small roundworm C. elegans, using it a model system to study novel regulators of dopamine signaling.

Research

Dr. Robinson is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Randy Blakely at Vanderbilt University.  She is studying the role of motifs in the C-terminus of the dopamine transporter that are required for proper synaptic localization of the transporter. She is also focused on the characterization of a novel mutation that arose from a forward genetic screen for novel regulators of the dopamine transporter.

Recent Publications

  1. Hardaway, J.A., Hardie, S., Whitaker, S., Baas, S., Zhang, B., Bermingham, D., Lichtenstein, A., and Blakely, R. (2012) Forward genetic analysis targeting endogenous dopamine inactivation in Caenorhabditis elegans using swimming induced paralysis, G3 2: 961-975.
  2. Baas, S., Sharrow, M., Kotu, V., Middleton, M., Nguyen, K., Flanagan-Steet, H., Aoki, K., and Tiemeyer, M. (2011) Sugar-free frosting, a homolog of SAD kinase, drives neural specific glycan expression in the Drosophila embryo. Development 138(3): 553-63. (A Nature Functional Glycomics Gateway featured article; March, 2011; N-glycosylation: Regulatory affairs. Functional Glycomics 2011, doi:10.1038/fg.2011.10)
  3. Sharrow, M., Aoki, K., Baas, S., Porterfield, M., and Tiemeyer, M. (2009) Genetic and Structural Analysis of the Glycoprotein and Glycolipid Glycans of Drosophila melanogaster. in Handbook of Glycomics (R. Cummings and J.M. Pierce, eds), Elsevier, Amsterdam (Figure submitted accepted for cover art)

Sarah Robinson
Adjunct Professor

Education
B.S. Biology, Virginia Tech
Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Georgia
Postdoctoral researcher in Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Contact
218 Dubois Hall
1000 17th Ave. North,
Nashville, Tn 37208
Office: 615.936.1700 (Lab at Vanderbilt)