Robert Gilkerson, Ph. D.

Robert Gilkerson, Ph.D.Robert Gilkerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: (956) 665-7838

Office Hours


Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL2403 & 2404)
Medical Terminology (HRP 2303)
Advanced Immunology and Molecular Methods


Ph.D. (2002).  University of Oregon
B.A. (1997). Biology. Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Areas of Interest

Mitochondrial genetics, cellular signaling.


Mitochondria are a dynamic organellar network for cellular bioenergetics, which is integrated into crucial processes such as cellular signaling, metabolic regulation, and apoptosis. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a crucial participant in cellular homeostasis, and is maintained throughout the organellar network in assemblies called nucleoids. Mitochondrial dysfunction, particularly the loss of mtDNA, is emerging as a molecular feature of a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, aging, autism, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration. The research seeks to explore basic mechanisms of mtDNA maintenance and mitochondrial function and their role in human health and disease. Mitochondrial network (red) of a human osteosarcoma cell. Tubulin cytoskeleton labeled in green.

Recent Publications

Curriculum Vitae