Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Robert JinkersonRobert Jinkerson

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address:

Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Bourns Hall, A219
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-2271
Fax: (951) 827-5696
Email: robert.jinkerson@ucr.edu


PhD 2017 Carnegie Institution, Stanford
PhD 2014 Colorado School of Mines

BS 2007 University of Missouri - Columbia

College/Division Affiliation:

Bourns College of Engineering 

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Institute for Integrative Genome Biology
Center for Plant Cell Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Algae; biofuels and bioproducts; bioinformatics and systems biology; coral-algal symbiosis; endosymbiosis

Awards / Honors:

2014   Life Science Research Foundation Fellowship
2010   NSF GRFP
2006   McNair Scholar

Research Summary:

We are broadly interested in algae. These photosynthetic microorganisms have huge economic and environmental importance. Our research aims to make fundamental discoveries about the biology of these organisms and then use this knowledge to engineer solutions to problems in the fields of energy, food, and the environment.
Current topics of research in the lab include:
1)      Metabolic engineering algae to increase production of bioproducts and biofuels.
2)      Functional genomics in the green lineage using Chlamydomonas
3)      Discovering the molecular mechanisms that govern coral-algal symbiosis and how these influence coral bleaching


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director