Robert Cohen

Professor & Chair

Contact Information

Phone: 864-656-1112
Fax: 864-656-0435


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 1982-1987
  • Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Southern California, 1982
  • B.S. Biology, University of Delaware, 1978

Research Interests

  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Asymmetry Cell division; Cell fate determination
  • mRNA localization; Intracellular Trafficking
  • Drosophila oogenesis

Selected Publications

  • Xu, J., Lan, L., Bogard, N., Mattione, C., and Cohen RS. (2011).  Multiple distinct roles for the Rab11 GTPase within the somatic cells that comprise the Drosophila egg chamber. PLoS ONE 6(5): e20180. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020180
  • Lan, L., Zhang, S., Shegnyin, L., and Cohen RS. (2010).  Evidence for a Transport-Trap Mode of Drosophila melanogaster gurken mRNA Localization.  PLoS ONE. 5(11): e15448. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015448
  • Bogard, N., Lan, L., Xu, J., and Cohen, RS.  (2007). Rab11 maintains connections between germline stem cells and niche cells in the Drosophila ovary.  Development, 134, 3412-3418.
  • Cohen RS (2005).  The role of membranes and membrane trafficking in RNA localization.  Biol. Cell 97, 5-18.
  • Cohen, RS, Zhang S, Dollar, GL.  (2005).  The positional, structural and sequence requirements of the Drosophila TLS RNA localization element.  RNA 11, 1017-1029.
  • Cohen, RS.  (2005).  Microtubule Motors:  LSD2 Trips the Toggle.  Current Biology 15, R651-653.
  • Cohen RS (2003).  Halo: A Guiding Light for Transport. Current Biology, 13, R869-870.
  • Dollar, GL, Struckhoff, E, Michaud J and Cohen RS. (2002)Gurken-independent polarization of the Drosophila oocyte; Rab11-mediated organization of the posterior pole.  Development 129, 517-526.
  • Cohen RS (2002).  Oocyte Patterning:  Dynein and Kinesin, Inc.   Current Biology 12, R797-799.
  • Saunders, C and Cohen RS.  (1999).  The role of oocyte transcription, the 5’UTR, and translation repression and derepression in Drosophila gurken mRNA and protein localization.  Molecular Cell 3, 43-54.
  • Cohen RS and Meselson M. (1988).  Periodic Interactions of hsp70 Transcriptional Control Elements.  Nature 332, 856-858.
  • Cohen RS, and Meselson M. (1985).  Separate Regulatory Elements for the Heat-Inducible and Ovarian Expression of the Drosophila hsp26 Gene.  Cell 42, 737-746.
  • Cohen RS and Meselson M. (1984).  Inducible Transcription and Puffing in D. melanogaster transformed with hsp70-phage lambda hybrid genes.  PNAS 81, 5509-5513.

Dr. Robert Cohen