Douglas Robinson is a Professor of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also holds appointments in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Medicine (Pulmonary Division), Oncology (GI Division), and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In his research, he investigates how. cells control their shapes for normal human health. In particular, his lab initially uses a model organism Dictyostelium to discover fundamental concepts and then applies these insights to human diseases, including cancer and lung disease. Doug’s lab has also built an outreach initiative for high school students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Now, Doug and his colleagues have expanded the effort by creating a pipeline program called the Johns Hopkins Initiative for Careers in Science and Medicine (CSM). So far, the CSM has served over 300 students from 5th grade to high school to undergraduate to postbaccalaureate levels. As just one example of impact, at least 83% of the high schoolers to have reached college age have matriculated into 4-year colleges and 55% are pursuing STEM majors.
His leadership, passion as a teacher and rigor in research have been acknowledged through multiple teaching awards, and Doug is most recently the recipient of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2017 Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award for “the encouragement of under-represented minorities to enter the scientific enterprise and/or to the effective mentorship of those within it.” In 2018, Doug received the Provost’s Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity.