Robert W. Williams, Ph.D.

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Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
855 Monroe Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Office: (901) 448-7050
Fax: (901) 448-7193
Email: Robert W. Williams


  • Ph.D. Institution: University of California, Davis, Physiology
  • B.A.: University of California, Santa Cruz, Psychobiology


Research Interests

  • Systems genetics, complex trait analysis, and functional genomics
  • Control of gene expression
  • Genetics of CNS diseases and addiction
  • Visual system structure, function, development
  • Advanced methods in collaborative research, data sharing, web services

Representative Publications

  • Jones BC, Huang X, Mailman RB, Lu L, Williams RW. Response. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2014 Jul;28(7):291. doi: 10.1002/jbt.21591_2. PubMed PMID: 25044316.
  • Rubin BK, Williams RW. Emerging aerosol drug delivery strategies: From bench to clinic. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2014 Jun 30. pii: S0169-409X(14)00140-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2014.06.008. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 24993613.
  • Keeley PW, Whitney IE, Madsen NR, St John AJ, Borhanian S, Leong SA, Williams RW, Reese BE. Independent Genomic Control of Neuronal Number across Retinal Cell Types. Dev Cell. 2014 Jul 14;30(1):103-9. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2014.05.003. Epub 2014 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 24954025; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4101151.
  • Keeley PW, Zhou C, Lu L, Williams RW, Melmed S, Reese BE. Pituitary tumor-transforming gene 1 regulates the patterning of retinal mosaics. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jun 24;111(25):9295-300. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1323543111. Epub 2014 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 24927528; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4078852.
  • Kayzar TM, Villa AC, Lobaugh ML, Gaffney AM, Williams RW. Investigating uranium distribution in surface sediments and waters: a case study of contamination from the Juniper Uranium Mine, Stanislaus National Forest, CA. J Environ Radioact. 2014 Oct;136:85-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvrad.2014.04.018. Epub 2014 Jun 7. PubMed PMID: 24915114.
  • Emery FD, Parvathareddy J, Pandey AK, Cui Y, Williams RW, Miller MA. Genetic control of weight loss during pneumonic Burkholderia pseudomallei infection. Pathog Dis. 2014 Jul;71(2):247-62. doi: 10.1111/2049-632X.12172. Epub 2014 Apr 22. PubMed PMID: 24687986.

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