Peter J.R. Cobbett, Ph.D.

  • Neuropharmacology Faculty, Online Faculty

Pharmacology & Toxicology
Associate Professor
B305 Life Sciences
1355 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: cobbett@msu.edu
Phone: 517-353-5479
Fax: 517-353-8915

Fields of Interest: We are investigating how fibroblasts may be reprogrammed to become neurons and whether these reprogrammed cells can form functional connections in the mammalian brain.

Peter J.R. Cobbett on MSU Scholars

Educational Background

  • 1977 - B.S., Physiology and Pharmacology, University of St. Andrews/Scotland
  • 1981 - Ph.D., Physiology and Pharmacology, University of St. Andrews/Scotland
  • 1981-1984 - Postdoctoral Associate, Neuroscience Program, Michigan State University
  • 1984-1988 - Beit Fellow, Neuroendocrinology, Agricultural & Food Research Council,Cambridge, England
  • 1988-1992 - Visiting Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State Univ
  • 1992-1998 - Assistant Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State University
  • 1988-present - Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Michigan State University

Biography & Current Research

Research Synopsis

My research has previously been directed at understanding the physiology of the neurons and astrocytes of the hypothalamo-pituitary system in mammals and the physiology Calcium channels expressed in the muscle from the parasitic worm Schistosoma mansoni and its free-living, non-parasitic relative Dugesia trigina.

Currently, I have a research collaboration with Dr Steve Suhr of the Department of Animal Science at MSU. We are investigating how fibroblasts may be reprogrammed to become neurons and whether these reprogrammed cells can form functional connections in the mammalian brain.

Awards & Achievements

Selected Achievements

  • President, Michigan Chapter-Society for Neuroscience, 2005-2007
  • Secretary, Michigan Chapter-Society for Neuroscience, 2000-2001
  • Organizer, Michigan Chapter-Society for Neuroscience, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Brain Research Association (UK)
  • British Neuroendocrine Group
  • European Neuroscience Association
  • Society for Neuroscience

Committees & Activities

Since 2007

Department

  • Member, Professional Science Masters Program Committee, 2007-present
  • Member, Online Masters Program Committee, 2007-present

College

  • University Committee on Academic Policy, College Advisory Committee (College of Human Medicine), 2008-2009

University

  • Neuroscience Program:
    • Neuroscience Program Faculty Advisory Committee, 2007-2009
    • Graduate Affairs Committee, 2005-07, 2010-present
    • Comprehensive Exam Committee, 2001-2008; Chair, 2004-2007
  • University Committee on Academic Policy, 2006-2010
  • Research Integrity Council, 2006-07, 2008-09
  • Ad hoc Investigative Committee for University Intellectual Integrity Officer, Chair, 2006

Publications

Full list of publications at MSU Scholars

  • Role of calcium influx through voltage-operated calcium channels and of calcium mobilization in the physiology of Schistosoma mansoni muscle contractions. Mendonça-Silva DL, Novozhilova E, Cobbett PJ, Silva CL, Noël F, Totten MI, Maule AG, Day TA. Parasitology. 2006 Jul;133(Pt 1):67-74. Epub 2006 Mar 28. PMID: 16566851 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
     
  • NIGMS-sponsored integrative and organ systems pharmacology: synopsis of the 2005 experience/anticipation of the 2006 short courses.Bylund DB, Brunton LL, Cobbett PJ, Persky AM, Preusch PC.Mol Interv. 2005 Dec;5(6):330-3. No abstract available.PMID: 16394246 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]