Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

Effect of prenatal exposure to drugs on developing neurotransmitters

Professional Highlights

Memberships and Leadership

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies


  • Alzheimers and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, 1987 and 1993

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Selected Publications

Vestal-Laborde AA, Eschenroeder AC, Bigbee JW, Robinson SE, Sato-Bigbee C. The opioid system and brain development: Effects of methadone on the oligodendrocyte lineage and the early stages of myelination. Dev Neurosci. 2014;36(5):409-421. PMCID: PMC4175303

Eschenroeder AC, Vestal-Laborde AA, Sanchez ES, Robinson SE, Sato-Bigbee C. Oligodendrocyte responses to buprenorphine uncover novel and opposing roles of μ-opioid- and nociceptin/orphanin FQ receptors in cell development: implications for drug addiction treatment during pregnancy. Glia. 2012 Jan;60(1):125-36. PMCID: PMC3217102

Prus AJ, Vann RE, Rosecrans JA, James JR, Pehrson AL, O’Connell MM, Philibin SD, Robinson SE. Acute nicotine reduces and repeated nicotine increases spontaneous activity in male and female Lewis rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2008 Nov;91(1):150-4. PMCID: PMC2638993

Sanchez ES, Bigbee JW, Fobbs W, Robinson SE, Sato-Bigbee C. Opioid addiction and pregnancy: Perinatal exposure to buprenorphine affects myelination in the developing brain. Glia. 2008 Jul;56(9):1017-27.  PMCID: PMC2577583

Kwan PS, Birtles A, Bolton FJ, French NP, Robinson SE, Newbold LS, Upton M, Fox AJ. Longitudinal study of the molecular epidemiology of campylobacter jejuni in cattle on dairy farms. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2008 Jun;74(12):3626-3633. PMCID: PMC2446552

Sharkey KJ, Bowers RG, Morgan KL, Robinson SE, Christley RM. Epidemiological consequences of an incursion of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza into the british poultry flock. Proc Biol Sci. 2008 Jan 7;275(1630):19-28. PMCID: PMC2562399

Robinson SE, Christley RM. Identifying temporal variation in reported births, deaths and movements of cattle in britain. BMC Vet Res. 2006 Mar 30;211. PMCID: PMC1440854