CNS-SCN Member of the Month – February 2016

Meet Jason Robinson 


Jason Robinson completed his BSc (Hon) degree in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. He then moved to Memorial University of Newfoundland to do a master’s degree in comparative physiology with Dr. William Driedzic in the Department of Biochemistry at the Ocean Sciences Centre.  While at Memorial University he was lured into the area of nutritional biochemistry by Drs. Robert Bertolo and Janet Brunton with whom he undertook a PhD.

Jason’s PhD dissertation was focused on the partitioning of methionine in neonatal piglets. Specifically, he studied how dietary sources of methyl groups contribute to methionine availability for developmentally important molecules, DNA methylation, and protein synthesis in the piglet. Jason collaborated extensively during his studies by working with Brazilian scientists on creatine supplementation and exercise in tumour-bearing rats. He also continued to work with Dr. Driedzic in the Amazon region looking at how dietary preference affects patterning of energy metabolism and intestinal morphology in piranhas, as well as describing metabolic strategies employed by armored catfish to survive chronic ischemia. He was the CNS-SCN conference representative for the St. John’s meeting in 2014.

Jason currently holds a fellowship at the USDA-ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He works with Drs. Douglas Burrin and Juan Marini to study intestinal arginine metabolism in the piglet model of necrotizing enterocolitis, and is using enteroids to elucidate mechanistic roles of arginine in the premature intestine.