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Renã Robinson Associate Professor of Chemistry and Dorothy J. Wingfield Phillips Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow

Expert in racial disparities in Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's triggers in peripheral organs. Advocate for inclusive research design.


An analytical chemist, Robinson looks at the role proteins play in Alzheimer's. She studies the role of lipid-related proteins in Alzheimer’s and their contribution to racial disparities in the disease. She also studies the role that peripheral organs—such as the heart, liver and kidneys—play in Alzheimer’s. One of the primary challenges in studying these disparities is the relative dearth of African American tissue samples and study participants. Robinson is passionate about promoting the benefits of research participation in culturally sensitive ways. Robinson became interested in pursuing Alzheimer's research in high school, inspired by interactions with the dementia patients her mother cared for.