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Robison, Richard

Dr. Richard Robison

4007B LSB


  • Amercian Association for Cancer Research, 1998-Present
  • American Society for Microbiology, 1991-Present

Cancer Research

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.


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

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.