Neuroscience Program

Robert Lipsky

Robert Lipsky

Robert Lipsky

Professor, External Faculty; INOVA

Molecular Neurogenetics

Dr. Robert Lipsky currently serves as the Director of Translational Research in the Department of Neurosciences at Inova Fairfax Hospital.  Since 2009, he has been an external faculty member with the rank of Professor in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience.  As part of an initiative to facilitate scientific research between George Mason University and Inova that directly impacts clinical practice, he founded and is head of the Inova-GMU Neuroscience Translational Research (INTR) Laboratory.  Prior to coming to Inova and George Mason, Robert Lipsky was an investigator at the NIH, where he was Chief of the Section on Molecular Genetics in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.  Research in his laboratory centered on the molecular genetics of addiction and co-morbid disorders, such as major depression, and on defining molecular responses to brain injury, areas of work he still pursues in addition to research on epigenetic mechanisms (changes in DNA independent of nucleotide sequence) related to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenenerative disorders.  Robert Lipsky received his Ph.D. degree from Cornell University in genetics and biochemistry (1983).  He holds two U.S. patents in DNA sequence detection and has coauthored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Robert Lipsky has served as a scientific advisor to the U.S. Army and for the NIH.  He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals.

Selected Publications

Lolak S, Suwannarat P, Lipsky RH. (2014).  Epigenetics of depression. Progress in molecular biology and translational science. 128:103-137.

Lipsky RH, Lin M. (2015) Genetic predictors of outcome following traumatic brain injury. Handbook of clinical neurology. 127:23-41. PMID: 25702208

Jiang Y, Lin MK, Jicha GA, Ding X, McIlwrath SL, Fardo DW, Broster LS, Schmitt FA, Kryscio R, Lipsky RH. (2017). Functional human GRIN2B promoter polymorphism and variation of mental processing speed in older adults. Aging. 9: 1293-1306.

Griessenauer CJ, Tubbs RS, Foreman PM, Chua MH, Vyas NA, Lipsky RH, Lin M, Iyer R, Haridas R, Walters BC, Chaudry S, Malieva A, Wilkins S, Harrigan MR, Fisher WS 3rd, Shoja MM. (2017). Associations of renin-angiotensin system genetic polymorphisms and clinical course after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Journal of Neurosurgery. 126:1585-1597.

Complete listing on PubMed