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Jacob Robinson
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering
 
e-mail:jtrobinson@rice.edu
 
  • M.S. Applied Physics (2006) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • B.S. Physics (2003) UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ph.D. Applied Physics (2008) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
 
Primary Department
   Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Bioengineering
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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    Other Affiliations
     
  • Baylor College of Medicine
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    Websites
     Research Group Webpage
     
    Research Areas
     The Robinson Lab at Rice University studies neural circuit behavior using nanofabricated devices along with optical, genetic, and electrophysiological techniques. ​ Our goal is to create new interfaces to neural circuits that can stimulate and monitor their behavior with unprecedented precision and longevity. To create these devices, we employ state of the art nanofabrication technology in order to endow these interfaces with the feature sizes and densities necessary to address many individual neurons simultaneously. Using these highly precise nano-neuro interfaces we study how neural circuits develop, adapt, and encode information, as well as how these processes are affected by neural diseases.
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Adithya Kumar Pediredla, Shizheng Zhang, Ben Avants, Fan Ye, Shin Nagayama, Ziying Chen, Caleb Kemere, Jacob T Robinson, Ashok Veeraraghavan "Deep imaging in scattering media with selective plane illumination microscopy." Journal of Biomedical Optics, 21 (2016)

     
     

    Arun Mahadevan, Jacob Robinson, Amina Qutub, "Computational Analysis of Cellular Environment During Neural Progenitor Cell Differentiation," The FASEB Journal, 29, 657.6 (2015)

     
     

    Benjamin W Avants, Daniel B Murphy, Joel A Dapello, Jacob T Robinson, "NeuroPG: open source software for optical pattern generation and data acquisition," Frontiers in neuroengineering, 8 (2015).

     
     

    Ciyuan Qiu, Weilu Gao, Richard Soref, Jacob Robinson, Qianfan Xu, "Demonstration of Reconfigurable Electro-Optical Directed-Logic Circuit by Carrier Depletion Micro-ring Resonators," Optical Society of America, SM2I. 4 (2015).

     
     

    Daniel L Gonzales, Daniel G Vercosa, Andrew M Bell, Benjamin W Avants, Jacob T Robinson, "Electrophysiology-Based Sorting and Screening with Nanowire Electrodes in Microfluidic Devices," Biophysical Journal, 108 (2), 206a (2015).

     
     

    "Reconfigurable electro-optical directed-logic circuit using carrier-depletion micro-ring resonators," C. Qui, W. Gao, R. Soref, J. T. Robinson, Q. Xu, Opt. Express, Vol. 39, 6767 (2014).

     
     

    C. L. Yu, H. Kim, N. de Leon, I. Frank, J. T. Robinson, M. McCutcheon, M. Liu, M. D. Lukin, M. Loncar, H. Park, "Stretchable photonic crystal cavity with wide frequency tunability," Nano Lett.,  13, 248 (2013).

     
     

    D. Vercosa, F. Vitale, F. Seibt, S. Pamulapati, J. S. Yan, K. Badhiwala, C. Kemere, K. Badhiwala, M. Beierlein, M. Pasquali, J. Robinson "Fluidic microactuation of flexible electrodes for neural recording." Nature BME Submitted

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, M. Jorgolli, H. Park, "Nanowire electrodes for high-density stimulation and measurement of neural circuits," Front. Neural Circuits,  7, 38 (2013).

     
     Articles
     

    V. Boominathan, J. K. Adams, M. Salman Asif, B. W. Avants, J. T. Robinson, R. G. Baraniuk, A. C. Sankaranarayanan, A. Veeraraghavan "Lensless imaging: a computational renaissance." SP Magazine, 33: 23-35.

     
     

    A. K. Shalek, J. T. Gaublomme, L. Wang, N. Yosef, N. Chevrier, M. S. Andersen, J. T. Robinson, N. Pochet, D. Neuberg, R. S. Gertner, I. Amit, J. R. Brown, N. Hacohen, A. Regev, C. J. Wu, H. Park, "Nanowire-mediated delivery enables functional interrogation of primary immune cells: application to the analysis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia," Nano Lett., Vol.12, 6498 (2012)

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, M. Jorgolli, A. K. Shalek, M-H. Yoon, R. S. Gertner, H. Park, "Vertical nanowire electrode arrays as a scalable platform for intracellular interfacing to neuronal circuits," Nature Nanotech., Vol. 7, 180 (2012)

     
     

    J. T. Robinson and M. Lipson, "Direction-dependent optical modes in nanoscale silicon waveguides," Opt. Express, Vol .19, 18380-18392 (2011).

     
     

    N. Chevrier, P. Mertins, M. N. Artyomov, A. K. Shalek, M. Garber, M. Iannacone, M. F. Ciaccio, I. Gat-Viks, T. M. Eisenhaure, K. R. Clauser, N. Yosef, E. Tonti, J. Robinson, A. Sutton, M. S. Andersen, D. E. Root, U. von Andrian, R. B. Jones,H. Park, S. A. Carr, A. Regev, I. Amit, and N. Hacohen, “Systematic discovery of TLR signaling components delineates viral-sensing circuits," Cell, Vol. 147, 853 (2011).

     
     

    A. Shalek, J. T. Robinson, E. S. Karp, J. S. Lee, D-R. Ahn, M-H. Yoon, A. Sutton, M. Jorgolli, R. S. Gertner, T. S. Gujral, G. MacBeath, E. G. Yang, H. Park, "Vertical silicon nanowires as a universal platform for delivering biomolecules into living cells," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Vol. 107, 1870 (2010).

     
     

    D. H. Broaddus, M. A. Foster, I. H. Agha, J. T. Robinson, M. Lipson, and A. L. Gaeta, "Silicon-waveguide-coupled high-Q chalcogenide microspheres," Opt. Express, Vol. 17, 5998 (2009)

     
     

    J. Cardenas, C. B. Poitras, J. T. Robinson, K. Preson, L. Chen, and M. Lipson, "Low loss etchless silicon photonic waveguides," Opt. Express, Vol. 17, 4752 (2009)

     
     

    J. D. Marconi, Arismar Cerqueira S. Jr., J. T. Robinson, N. Sherwood-Droz,  Y. Okawachi, H. E. Hernadez-Figueroa, A. L. Gaeta, M. Lipson, and H. L. Fragnito "Performance investigation of microphotonic-silicon devices in a field trail all-optical network" Opt. Commun., Vol. 5, 849 (2009)

     
     

    S. Manipatruni, J. T. Robinson, and M. Lipson, "Optical Nonreciprocity in Optomechanical Structures," Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 102, 213903 (2009).

     
     

    J. T. Robinson and M. Lipson “Far field control of radiation from an individual optical nanocavity: analogue to an optical dipole,” Phys. Rev. Lett., Vol. 100, 043902 (2008).

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, K. Preston, M. Lipson, and O. Painter “First-principle derivation of gain in high-index-contrast waveguides,” Opt. Express, vol. 16, 16659 (2008)

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, L. Chen, and M. Lipson “On-chip gas detection in silicon optical microcavities,” Opt. Express, vol. 16, 4296 (2008).

     
     

    P. Dong, S. F. Preble, J. T. Robinson, S. Manipatruni, and M. Lipson “Inducing photonic transitions between discrete modes in a silicon optical microcavity,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 100, 033904 (2008).

     
     

    A. Gondarenko, S. Preble, J. Robinson, L. Chen, H. Lipson, and M. Lipson, “Spontaneous emergence of periodic patterns in a biologically inspired simulation of photonic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 96, 143904 (2006).

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, S. F. Preble, and M. Lipson, “Imaging highly confined modes in sub-micron scale silicon waveguides using transmission-based near-field scanning optical microscopy”, Opt. Express, vol. 14, 10588 (2006).

     
     

    L. Chen, J. T. Robinson, M. Lipson, “Role of radiation and surface plasmon polaritons in the optical interactions between nano-slit and a nano-groove on a metal surface,” Opt. Express, vol. 14, 12629 (2006).

     
     

    J. T. Robinson, C. Manolatou, L. Chen, and M. Lipson, “Ultrasmall mode volumes in dielectric optical microcavities,” Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 95, 143901 (2005).

     
     

    J. Robinson, and Y. Rahmat-Samii “Particle swarm optimization in electromagnetics,” IEEE Trans. on Ant. and Prop., vol. 52, 397 (2004).

     
     

    Y. Rahmat-Samii, D. Geis, and J. Robinson “Particle swarm optimization (PSO): a novel paradigm for antenna designs” The Radio Science Bulletin, vol. 305, 14 (2003)

     
     

    S. Sinton, J. Robinson, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, “Standard and micro genetic algorithm optimization of profiled corrugated horn antennas,” Microwave Opt. Technol. Lett., vol. 20, 449 (2002).

     
     Book chapters
     

    Ben W. Avants, Hongkun Park, and Jacob T. Robinson "Nanotechnologies for the Bioelectric Interface." Micro- and Nanosystems for Biotechnology

     
    Presentations
     Conference Paper
     

    G. Duret, E. Anderson, S. Polali, and J.T. Robinson “Activation mechanisms of recently reported magnetogenetic proteins”, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, (2016)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    A. L. Wickens, J. T. Robinson. "Magnetoelectric Neural Modulation", 6th Annual NeuroEngineering Symposium, Houston TX, (2016).

     
     

    D. Vercosa, F. Vitale, F. Seibt, S. Pamulapati, J. S. Yan, K. Badhiwala, M. Beierlein, M. Pasquali, J. Robinson. "Microfluidic Actuation of Flexible Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Neural Recording and Stimulation". Br-MRS, Campinas, Brazil (2016).

     
     

    A. Mahadevan, J. T. Robinson, A. A. Qutub. "The Social Networks of Neural Progenitor Cells", Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (2016).

     
     Posters
     

    G. Duret, S. Polali, C. Sebesta, and J.T. Robinson “Activation Mechanism of the Recently Reported Magnetogenetic Protein MagV4”, Center for NeuroEngineering, Houston, (2016).

     
     

    G. Duret, S. Polali, and J.T. Robinson “Activation of Membrane Protein Piezo1 with Magnetic Nanoparticles”, NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology Conference, Houston, (2016).

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Adaptable Microdevices for Behavioral Neuroscience in Hydra”, Hydroidfest, UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, (2016)

     
     

    Fan Ye, Benjamin W. Avants, Jacob T. Robinson. "An integrated photonic probe for light sheet microscopy", Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, (2016).

     
     

    G. Duret, E. Anderson, S. Polali, C. Sebesta, and J.T. Robinson “Engineering mechanosensitive proteins  for magnetic stimulation”, GCC Symposium on Membrane Biophysics, Houston, (2016).

     
     

    Fan Ye, Benjamin W. Avants, Jacob T. Robinson. "Light Sheet Illumination With Integrated Photonic Probes", SPIE Translational Biophotonics, Houston, (2016).

     
     

    Fan Ye, Benjamin W. Avants, Jacob T. Robinson. "Light Sheet Illumination With an Integrated Photonic Probe", Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, San Jose, (2016).

     
     

    A. L. Wickens, J. T. Robinson. "Magnetoelectric Thin Films for Neural Modulation", 23rd Annual Neuroscience Poster Session, Houston TX, (2016).

     
     

    A. L. Wickens, J. T. Robinson. "Magnetoelectric Thin Films for Neural Modulation", NeuroX Minisyposium, Houston TX, (2016).

     
     

    A. L. Wickens, J. T. Robinson. "Magnetoelectric Thin Films for Neural Modulation", Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego CA, (2016).

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Microdevices for Scalable Neuroscience in Hydra”, Keck Center Annual Research Conference, Rice University, (2016)

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Microdevices for Scalable Neuroscience in Hydra”, 6th Annual Neuroengineering Symposium, Rice University, (2016)

     
     

    D. Vercosa, F. Vitale, F. Seibt, S. Pamulapati, J. S. Yan, K. Badhiwala, M. Beierlein, M. Pasquali, J. Robinson. "Microfluidic actuation of flexible microelectrodes for neural recording". UTHealth Poster Section, Houston (2016).

     
     

    D. Vercosa, F. Vitale, F. Seibt, S. Pamulapati, J. S. Yan, K. Badhiwala, M. Beierlein, M. Pasquali, J. Robinson. "Microfluidic actuation of flexible microelectrodes for neural recording". SfN, San Diego (2016).

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Scalable Neuroscience in Hydra with Multi-modal Interrogation Chambers”, Society for Neuroscience Conference, San Diego, (2016)

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Scalable Neuroscience in Hydra with Multi-modal Interrogation Chambers”, 23rd Annual Neuroscience Poster Session, UT Health, (2016)

     
     

    K. N. Badhiwala, D. L. Gonzales, D. G. Vercosa, B. W. Avants, C. Dupre, R. Yuste, J. T. Robinson. “Simultaneous Optical and Electrical Interrogation of Small Organisms using Microfluidic Chambers”, BIOE Innovation Symposium, Rice University, (2016)

     
     

    D. L. Gonzales, K. N. Badhiwala, D. G. Vercosa,  B. W. Avants, Z. Liu, W. Zhong, J. T. Robinson. "Suspended nano-electrodes for neuromuscular electrophysiology in C. elegans”, Gulf Coast Consortia Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Conference, Houston, TX (2016).

     
     

    A. Mahadevan, J. T. Robinson, A. A. Qutub. "The Social Networks of Neural Progenitor Cells", Application of Automated Microscopy and Image Informatics to Cancer Research, Houston, TX (2016).

     
     

    A. Mahadevan, N.E. Grandel, J. T. Robinson, A. A. Qutub. "The Social Networks of Neural Progenitor Cells", Gordon Conference on Neural Development, Newport, RI (2016).

     
     

    A. Mahadevan, N.E. Grandel, J. T. Robinson, A. A. Qutub. "The Social Networks of Neural Progenitor Cells", Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2016).

     
     

    D. L. Gonzales, K. N. Badhiwala, D. G. Vercosa,  B. W. Avants, J. T. Robinson. "Versatile Electrophysiological Phenotyping of C. elegans”, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2016).

     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Samantha Summerson, PhD Engineering Deep Brain Stimulation as a Treatment for Parkinson's Disease: from Models to Materials. (2014) (Committee Member)

     Vivek Boominathan, MS Improving Light Field Capture Using Hybrid Imaging. (Committee Member)

     Daniel Gonzalez, MS Scalable nano-electrode electrophysiology in intact small organisms. (Committee Member)

     Yibo Xu, MS Compressive Hyperspectral Structured Illumination and Classification via Neural Networks. (Committee Member)

     Weilu Gao, PhD Wafer-Scale Films and Devices of Spontaneously Aligned Carbon Nanotubes. (Committee Member)

     Shizheng Zhang, MS Depth Limit of Imaging through Scattering Media using Selective Plane of Illumination Microscopy (SPIM). (Committee Member)

     Ali Ayremlou, MS FlatCam: Lensless Imaging, Principals, Applications and Fabrication. (Committee Member)

     Ankit Sethi, MS Methods for Ripple Detection and Spike Sorting during Hippocampal Replay. (Committee Member)

     Daniel Vercosa, MS Microfluidic Actuation of Carbon Nanotube Fibers for Neural Recording. (Thesis or Dissertation Director)

     Jian Cao, MS Portable forced oscillation device for point-of-care pulmonary function testing. (Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     2014 John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Award,

     2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award,

    Positions Held
     Member - Digital Signal Processing Group (DSP), William Marsh Rice University. (2013 - 2014)

     Rice Quantum Institute (RQI) Fellow, William Marsh Rice University. (2013 - 2014)

     Adjunct Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, William Marsh Rice University. (2012 - 2014)

     Member - Smalley Institute, William Marsh Rice University. (2013 - 2014)

     Graduate Researcher Postdoctoral, Cornell University. (2003 - 2008)

     Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, William Marsh Rice University. (2012 - 2014)

     Graduate Researcher Postdoctoral, Harvard University. (2008 - 2012)