Dr. Robert Layne is a technology specialist focused primarily on the life sciences.

Prior to joining Irell, Robert was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Michigan and University of Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Toledo, where he received the University Fellowship Award from 2010 through 2013. Robert obtained his B.S. in Neuroscience and Philosophy, with a Minor in Chemistry, from the University of Pittsburgh.


  • “S. Light Affects Mood and Learning through Distinct Retina-Brain Pathways,” Cell (September 20, 2018)
  • “Multiple Sensory Inputs Are Extensively Integrated to Modulate Nociception in C. elegans,” The Journal of Neuroscience (July 15, 2015)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Regulation of neuronal subpopulations in the ventromedial hypothalamus that influence glucose homeostasis,” Michigan Diabetes Research Center Symposium, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2016)
  • “Investigation of Signaling Pathways that Regulate GABA Receptor Trafficking,” Neuronal Development, Synaptic Function & Behavior C. elegans Topic Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin (2010)


University of Toledo (Ph.D., Cell and Molecular Biology)

University of Pittsburgh (B.S., Neuroscience and Philosophy, Minor in Chemistry)

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