Linda J. Robinson

Dr. Linda Robinson

Instructional Laboratory Coordinator and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology


110 Leidy Labs

After college, Linda worked as a technician for 3 years at The Upjohn Company, before attending graduate school.  Her PhD thesis at Washington University in St. Louis was on the mechanisms of insulin-stimulated glucose transport.  After graduate school, she lived in, Australia, Switzerland and Madison, Wisconsin where she did postdoctoral research on intracellular membrane trafficking.  She came to Penn in 2000 and has taught Vertebrate Physiology and Introductory Biology along with directing the Introductory Biology laboratories. 


B.S., Biology, Bucknell University

Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology, Washington University (St. Louis)

Courses Taught

BIOL 101 labs: Introduction to Biology A

BIOL102 labs: Introduction to Biology B

BIOL124: Introduction to Organismal Biology Lab

Selected Publications

Robinson L.J. and Spindler L.H. (2015). Barcoding Life: Classification of Insects. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Proceedings of the 36th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 36: 

Robinson, L.J. (2007). Genetics of Arabidopsis thaliana. Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching, Proceedings of the 28th Workshop/Conference of the Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE), 28: 92-117.

Robinson, L.J. and Martin T.F.J. (1998). Docking and fusion in neurosecretion.  Trends Cell Biol. 10:483-492.

Robinson, L.J. and Gruenberg, J. (1998). Assays measuring membrane transport
in the endocytic pathway. In Cell Biology: A Laboratory Handbook, 2nd Edn. Edited by J. Celis, Academic Press, San Diego 2:248-257.

Robinson, L.J., Aniento, F. and Gruenberg, J. (1997). NSF is required for transport from early to late endosomes. J. Cell Science 110:2079-2087.

Kotani, K., Carozzi, A.J., Sakaue, H., Hara, K., Robinson, L.J., Clark, S.F., Yonezawa, K., James, D.E. and Kasuga, M. (1995). Requirement for phosphoinositide 3-kinase in insulin-stimulated GLUT4 translocation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Com. 209:343-348.

Robinson, L.J., Razzack, Z.F., Lawrence, J.C. and James, D.E. (1993). MAP kinase activation is not sufficient for stimulation of glucose transport or glycogen synthase in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. J. Biol. Chem. 268:26422-26427.

Robinson, R., Robinson, L.J., James, D.E. and Lawrence, J.C. (1993). Glucose transport in L6 myoblasts overexpressing GLUT1 and GLUT4. J. Biol. Chem. 268:22119-22126.

Robinson, L.J. and James, D.E. (1992). Insulin-regulated sorting of glucose transporters in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Am. J. Physiol. 263:E383-E393.

Robinson, L.J., Pang, S., Harris, D.H., Heuser, J., and James, D.E. (1992). Translocation of the Glucose Transporter (GLUT4) to the Cell Surface in Permeabilized 3T3-L1 Adipocytes: Effects of ATP, Insulin, and GTPγS and Localization of GLUT4 to Clathrin Lattices. J. Cell Biol. 117:1181-1196.

Lawrence J.C., Piper, R.C., Robinson, L.J., and James, D.E. (1992). GLUT4 facilitates insulin stimulation and cAMP-mediated inhibition of glucose transport. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 89:3493-3497.

Rodnick, K.J., Slot, J.W., Studelska, D.R., Hanpeter, D.E., Robinson, L.J., Geuze, H.J., and James, D.E. (1992). Immunocytochemical and Biochemical Studies of GLUT4 in Rat Skeletal Muscle. J. Biol. Chem. 267:6278-6285.

Bienkowski, M.J., Petro, M.A., and Robinson, L.J. (1989) Inhibition of Thromboxane A Synthesis in U937 Cells by Glucocorticoids. J. Biol. Chem. 264:6536-6544.