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John Robertson, V.M.D., Ph.D.

Research Professor
Robertson John
147 Kelly Hall
325 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Cardiovascular engineering
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Neuroengineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Translational cancer research

Research Interests

  • Diagnosis and treatment of kidney failure
  • Diagnosis and treatment of aggressive malignant neoplasms (brain, liver, urinary bladder, skin, pancreas)
  • Biomedical device development


  • University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D. Medical Pathology, 1977
  • University of Pennsylvania: V.M.D. Veterinary Medicine, 1976 
  • University of Pennsylvania: M.S. Pathology, 1973 
  • State University of New York, Brockport: M.S. Zoology, 1973
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook: B.S. Biology 1969 

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • The Society of Toxicologic Pathology: Secretary-Treasurer (1996-9) 
  • President-Elect, President, Past President (2001-2004)
  • Assistant Editor, Journal of the Society of Pharmaceutical and Environmental Pathologists (1981-82)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Toxicologic Pathology (1985-2000) 
  • Co-Chairman, 4th International Symposium, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, "Renal Pathology and Toxicity" Washington, DC, (1985) 
  • Co-Chairman, 16th International Symposium, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, "Renal Pathology and Toxicity", Savannah Georgia, (1997) 
  • Chairman, Continuing Education Committee, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, (1999-2002) 
  • Ad Hoc Management Review Committee (2001) 
  • Chairman, Fundraising Committee and Capital Campaign Coordinator (2003-2004) 
  • Member, Board of Governors, ACVP/STP Coalition for Education in Veterinary Pathology (2004-2005) 
  • The Federation for Comparative and Conservation Biology - Board of Directors (2001- 2003) 
  • Conference Coordinator “Angels, Apes and Aging” Blacksburg, VA, April 20-21, 2001 
  • Westie Foundation of America - Board of Directors (2007- 2012) 
  • Co-author, Westie Health E-Book ( 
  • Health and Research Subcommittee Chair (2008)

Recent Publications

Zu, TNKK, Athamneh, AIM, Collakova, E, Robertson, J, Hawken, T, Aardema, C, Senger, RS, “Assessment of ex vivo perfused liver health by Raman spectroscopy.” Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. 46:551-8, 2015

Tan, T, Davis, F, Gruber, DD, Massengill, JC, Robertson, JL, De Vita, R, “Histo-mechanical properties of swine uterosacral and cardinal ligaments,” J Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 42, 129-137, 2015

Rossmeisl, JH, Clapp, K, Pancotto, TE, Emch, S, Robertson, JL, Debinski, W, “Canine butterfly glioblastomas: A neuroradiological review,” Front. Vet. Sci., 19 May 2016 |

Zhu, J, Dominijanni, A,  Rodríguez-Corrales, JA, Prussin, R, Zhao, Z, Li, T, Robertson, JL, Brewer, K, “Visible light-induced cytotoxicity of Ru,Os-polyazine complexes towards rat malignant glioma,” Inorganica Chimica Acta (2016), doi:

Bhonsle, S, Bonaker, M, Neal, R, Aardema, C, Robertson, J, Howarth, J, Kavnoudias, H, Thomson, K, Goldberg, N, Davalos, R, “Characterization of irreversible electroporation with a validated perfused organ model,” J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016;27:1913–1922

Brown, N, Scarratt, K, Robertson, J, “Hypertrophic osteopathy secondary to metastatic ovarian adenocarcinoma in a mare,” Canadian Vet J 57 (12); 1237-1241, 2016

Zhu, J,  Rodriguez-Corrales, J, Prussin, R, Zhao, Z, Dominijianni, A, Higgins, S, Winkel, B, Robertson, J, Brewer, K,  “Exploring the activity of a polyazine bridged Ru(II)–Pt(II) supramolecule in F98 rat malignant glioma cells,” Chemical Communications 53: 145-148, 2017

Rossmeisl, J, Manning, KH, Robertson, JL, King, JN, Davalos, RV, Debinski, W, Subbiah, E, “Expression and activity of the urokinase plasminogen activator system in canine primary brain tumors,”  OncoTargets and Therapy 10: 2077-2085, 2017

O’Brien, T, Roghanizad, A, Jones, P, Aardema, C, Robertson, J, Diller, T, “The development of a thin-filmed, non-invasive tissue perfusion sensor to quantify capillary pressure occlusion of explanted organs,”  IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, 64(7):1631-1637, 2017

Singh, M, Tong, Y, Webster, K, Cesewski, E, Haring, AP, Laheri, S, Carswell, W, O'Brien, TJ, Aardema, CA, Senger, R, Robertson, JL, Johnson, BN, “3D printed conformal microfluidics for isolation and profiling of biomarkers from whole organs, Lab on a Chip 17: 2561-2571, 2017