Dr. Grubbs

Contact Information

Dr. Grubbs

Robert D. Grubbs, BA, MA, PhD

Office:  B-224 B
Box:  357132
Email:  rgrubbs@uw.edu
Phone: 206.543.5477

Part-Time Lecturer, Oral Health Sciences


Dr. Grubbs received a BA in Biology at Denison University and his MA and PhD at the University of Kansas in Child Development and Psychology. He then did 4 years of post-doctoral work in the Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. At Wright State University, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for 19 years and served as the Assistant Director of the Biomedical PhD Program and then Director of the Masters Program in Pharmacology & Toxicology.  At the University of Washington, he was a Part-time Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology in the School of Medicine prior to his current position in the School of Dentistry.


Dr. Grubbs current research interests are in neuropharmacology, neurotoxicology, and cell signaling; he is specifically interested in the molecular pharmacology of the muscarinic cholinergic system.  He also has published extensively on cellular magnesium physiology.

Current Courses

Dr. Grubbs teaches 3 courses in the dental school including General Pharmacology I & II and Dent 540 Pharmacology Update.


Garrett, T.L., Rapp, C.M., Grubbs, R.D., Schlager, J., and Lucot, J.B. (2010) “A murine model for sarin exposure using the carboxylesterase inhibitor CBDP”, Journal of Neurotoxicology 31:502-508.

Mauck, B.S., Lucot, J.B., Paton, S.J., and Grubbs, R.D. (2010), “Cholinesterase Inhibitors and Stress:  Effects on Brain muscarinic Receptor Density in Mice”, Journal of Neurotoxicology 31:461-467.

Mach, M., Grubbs, R.D., Price, W.A., Nagaoka, M., Dubovický, M. and Lucot, J.B. (2008) “Delayed Behavioral and Endocrine Effects of Sarin and Stress Exposure in Mice”, J. Appl. Toxicol. 28(2):132-9.

Mauck, B.S., Paton, S.J., Lucot, J.B., and Grubbs, R.D. (2008) “Subcutaneous Exposure to Carbamate Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitors Does not Induce Apoptosis in Murine Brain”,  Journal of Medical, Chemical, Biological, & Radiological Defense, 6(epub)

Grubbs, R.D. (2008) “Chemical Messenger Systems”, in Neuroscience in Medicine, 3rd Edition, ed. P. Michael Conn, Humana/Springer-Verlag.

Grubbs, R.D. (2008) “Pre- and Post-synaptic Receptors”, in Neuroscience in Medicine, 3rd Edition, ed. P. Michael Conn, Humana/Springer-Verlag.

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