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Sabrina Robertson, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor, Biotechnology


Society For Neuroscience
Ph.D. Neuroscience; B.S. Biological Sciences
I am an teaching assistant professor at N.C. State University with the following research focuses:

(1) Biotechnology Education: In the biotechnology program at N.C. State we provide students with the opportunity to use fundamental and cutting edge molecular biology technologies in the laboratory, and we are dedicated to discovering and implementing the best evidence-based teaching practices in our classrooms.

(2) Neuroscience: A fundamental challenge of modern neuroscience is to map the connections and functions of all neurons in the brain. My research focuses on a tiny sliver of this complexity, a group of neurons that are defined by their synthesis of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine (NE). Despite the small number of neurons in this group, release of NE from synaptic connections across the brain and body modulate a wide variety of behaviors and processes, including: attention, stress, learning, memory and the perception of pain. Projects in my lab use cutting edge genetic techniques (i.e. recombinase‐based intersectional strategies) to study the effects of manipulating NE neuron activity in vivo.
  • (2017) Unique Down to Our Microbes-Assessment of an Inquiry-Based Metagenomics Activity.Lentz T.B. *, Ott L.E. *, Robertson S.D. *, Windsor S.C., Kelley J.B., Wollenberg M.S., Dunn R.R., Goller C.C.* | Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. Accepted March 2017. * Co-first authors contributed equally*
  • (2016) Recombinase Dependent Mouse Lines for Chemogenetic Activation of Genetically Defined Cell Types.Sciolino N.R., Plummer N.W., Chen Y., Alexander G.M., Robertson S.D., Dudek S.M., McElligott Z.A., Jensen P. | Cell Reports. 2016 June14
  • (2015) Uncovering diversity in the development of central noradrenergic neurons and their efferents.Robertson S.D., Plummer N.W., Jensen P. | Brain Research. 2015 Nov12
  • (2015) Expanding the power of recombinase-based labeling to uncover cellular diversity.Plummer N.W., Evsyukova I.Y., Robertson S. D., de Marchena J., Tucker C.J., Jensen P. | Development . 2015 Dec15
  • (2013) Developmental origins of central norepinephrine neuron diversity.Robertson S.D.*, Plummer N.W.*, de Marchena J., Jensen P. | Nature Neuroscience. 2013 Jul14 (*coauthors)
  • (2013) Neuronal ablation of p-Akt at Ser473 leads to altered 5-HT1A/2A receptor function.Saunders C., Siuta M., Robertson S.D., Davis A.R., Sauer J., Matthies H.J., Gresch P.J., Airey D.C., Lindsley C.W., Schetz J.A., Niswender K.D., Veenstra-Vanderweele J.M., Galli A. | Neurochemistry International. 2013 Sep30
  • (2011) Insulin signaling and addiction.Daws L.C., Avison M.J., Robertson S.D., Niswender K.D., Galli A., Saunders C. | Neuropharmacology. 2011 Mar21 (61): 1123-1128
  • (2011) Flotillin-1 is essential for PKC-triggered endocytosis and membrane microdomain localization of DAT.Cremona M.L., Matthies H.J., Pau K., Bowton E., Speed N., Lute B.J., Anderson M., Sen N., Robertson S.D., Vaughan R.A., Rothman J.E., Galli A., Javitch J.A., Yamamoto A. | Nature Neuroscience, 2011 Apr14(4):469-77
  • (2010) Dysregulation of the norepinephrine transporter sustains cortical hypodopaminergia and schizophrenia-like behaviors in neuronal Rictor null mice.Siuta M.*, Robertson S.D.*, Kocalis H., Veenstra-Vander Weele J., Polley D., Stanwood G., Niswender K.D., and Galli A. | PLoS Biology, 2010 Jun8;8(6):e1000393 (*coauthors)
  • (2010) Insulin reveals Akt signaling as a novel regulator of norepinephrine transporter trafficking and norepinephrine homeostasis.Robertson S.D., Matthies H.J., Owens, A.W., Kennedy, P., Lindsley C., Daws L.C., and Galli A. | Journal of Neuroscience, 2010 Aug25;30(34):11305-163)
  • (2009) A closer look at amphetamine-induced reverse transport and trafficking of the dopamine and norepinephrine transporters.Robertson S.D., Matthies H.J., Galli A. | Mol. Neurobiology. 2009 Apr;39(2):73-80
  • (2008) Syntaxin 1A interaction with the dopamine transporter promotes amphetamine-induced dopamine efflux.Binda F., Dipace C., Bowton E., Robertson S.D., Lute B.J., Fog J.U., Zhang M., Sen N., Colbran R.J., Gnegy M.E., Gether U., Javitch J.A., Erreger K., Galli A. | Mol. Pharmacol. 2008 Oct; 74(4):1101-8.
  • (2007) Sensitivity analysis and parameter estimation for a model of Chlamydia Trachomatis infection.Burns, J.A., Cliff, E.M., and Doughty, S.E.€ | J. Inv. Ill-Posed Problems 2007; 15:19-32 (€ maiden name)