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

  • 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 Mar 29. doi: 10.1111/2049-632X.12172. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24687986.
  • Thompson RL, Williams RW, Kotb M, Sawtell NM. A forward phenotypically driven unbiased genetic analysis of host genes that moderate herpes simplex virus virulence and stromal keratitis in mice. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 20;9(3):e92342. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092342. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24651695; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3961320.
  • Breen MS, Long TC, Schultz BD, Crooks J, Breen M, Langstaff JE, Isaacs KK, Tan YM, Williams RW, Cao Y, Geller AM, Devlin RB, Batterman SA, Buckley TJ. GPS-based microenvironment tracker (MicroTrac) model to estimate time-location of individuals for air pollution exposure assessments: Model evaluation in central North Carolina. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2014 Mar 12. doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24619294.
  • Jones BC, Huang X, Mailman RB, Lu L, Williams RW. The Perplexing Paradox of Paraquat: The Case for Host-Based Susceptibility and Postulated Neurodegenerative Effects. J Biochem Mol Toxicol. 2014 Mar 5. doi: 10.1002/jbt.21552. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24599642.
  • Hall RA, Liebe R, Hochrath K, Kazakov A, Alberts R, Laufs U, Böhm M, Fischer HP, Williams RW, Schughart K, Weber SN, Lammert F. Systems genetics of liver fibrosis: identification of fibrogenic and expression quantitative trait loci in the BXD murine reference population. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 28;9(2):e89279. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089279. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24586654; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3938463.
  • Graybeal C, Bachu M, Mozhui K, Saksida LM, Bussey TJ, Sagalyn E, Williams RW, Holmes A. Strains and stressors: an analysis of touchscreen learning in genetically diverse mouse strains. PLoS One. 2014 Feb 19;9(2):e87745. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087745. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 24586288; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3929556.

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