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About Robin Davisson

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Robin L. Davisson

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Robin L. Davisson will join the Cornell faculty in July 2006 with a joint appointment in Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine on the Ithaca campus and in Cell and Developmental Biology at Weill-Cornell Medical College in New York City. Professor Davisson was associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and radiation oncology at the University of Iowa from 1998 until 2006. She taught neuroanatomy and genetics to medical, dental, and graduate students. In addition to her traditional health sciences instructional activities, Professor Davisson created an innovative, widely recognized course, “Survival Skills for a Research Career,” focusing on the full spectrum of communication, grant-writing and other skills required for a successful career in science. She received a 2005 Outstanding Mentor Award (Biological and Life Sciences) from the University of Iowa Graduate College for her exemplary mentoring of undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students in the areas of research, teaching and career development.

Professor Davisson’s research focuses on the basic mechanisms of function, control and signaling in the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Her investigations employ the interdisciplinary approach of “functional genomics,” a new endeavor at the interface of classical physiology and molecular genetics. She has published numerous original research and review articles and book chapters, and has given invited presentations throughout the United States as well as in South America, Europe and Asia.

Her research has been funded by competitive grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and private industry. In addition, her research has earned multiple awards, including the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research from the American Heart Association and the Henry Pickering Bowditch Award from the American Physiological Society. She has also won awards from the American Society of Hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension, and the International Congress of Physiological Sciences.

Professor Davisson has been actively involved in service to national and international organizations and journals. She is currently chair of programming and serves on the steering committee for the American Physiological Society (Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section) and serves on the leadership and the programming committees of the American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Research Council. She also serves on the editorial boards of Hypertension, Physiological Genomics, and the American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative. From 2003-2005, she was associate editor for Experimental Physiology.

Professor Davisson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1988 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a master’s degree in psychology (1991) and her doctorate in pharmacology (1994), also from the University of Iowa. While a graduate student, she won a Norwegian Marshall Fund Award for Graduate Study Abroad. She completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Iowa Cardiovascular Research Center and the Center for Hypertension Genomics before joining the UI faculty as an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2004.