Dr. Robert Burgess has a long-standing interest in basic Neurobiology research. Dr. Burgess received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Physiology from Michigan State University in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University in 1996. Following postdoctoral training at Washington University, St. Louis, Dr. Burgess joined the faculty of The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine in 2001. His research program uses genetic approaches in mice to examine neurodevelopmental and neuromuscular diseases, including mouse models of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and other inherited peripheral neuropathies.
Areas of study include the use of mouse models to understand pathophysiology, developing and improving animal models for preclinical research, and exploring therapeutic strategies using mouse models of human disease. The Burgess lab is funded by the National Institutes of Health and has also received support from numerous disease foundations. Dr. Burgess has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in high impact journals such as Nature and Neuron.