Dr Sam Robinson

Research Officer

Institute for Molecular Bioscience
+61 7 334 62011


Research Interests

  • Biopharmacology
    My research expertise is in the discovery of new plant and animal toxins and investigation of their structure, function and potential for biomedical applications. I am an expert on plants and animals that sting, and the biology, chemistry, pharmacology and pathophysiology underlying those stings. My research is providing new understanding on the mechanisms of chemical defence and predation used by animals and plants, and the new toxins I have discovered are being used as tools for improving our understanding of the human body and designing new and better treatments for certain diseases e.g. diabetes and chronic pain. My research is multidisciplinary; I have excellent experience working with a range of scientific techniques and publishing in a range of scientific fields including pharmacology, neuroscience, physiology, organismal biology, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, proteomics and structural biology. Several exciting research projects are available for outstanding prospective RHD students.


  • Doctor Philosophy, Monash University


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Book Chapter

  • Vetter, Irina, Carter, David, Bassett, John, Deuis, Jennifer R., Tay, Bryan, Jami, Sina and Robinson, Samuel D. (2020). High-throughput fluorescence assays for ion channels and GPCRs. In Md. Shahidul Islam (Ed.), Calcium Signaling 2nd ed. (pp. 27-72) Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-12457-1_3

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)