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  1. Robinson, S.L., Christenson, J.K., Richman, J.E., Wackett, L.P. BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTION OF β- Regents of the University of Minnesota Ref. No. 20170348 – SLW Ref. No. 600.A30US1. Patent Application Serial No.: 16/510,298, filed July 12, 2019.


  1. Robinson, S.L., Robinson, S.L., Biernath, T., Rosenthal, C., Young, D., Wackett, L.P., Martinez-Vaz, B.M., (2021) Development of the Organonitrogen Biodegradation Database: Teaching bioinformatics and collaborative skills to undergraduates. Accepted to the Journal of Biology & Microbiology Education.  
  2. Robinson, S.L., Terlouw, B.R., Smith, M.D., Pidot, S.J., Stinear, T.P., Medema, M.H. & Wackett, L.P. (2020) Global analysis of adenylate-forming enzymes reveals β-lactone biosynthesis pathway in pathogenic Nocardia. Journal of Biological Chemistry. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA120.013528  
  3. Robinson, S.L., Smith, M.D., Richman, J.E., Aukema, K.G., & Wackett, L.P. (2020) Machine learning-based prediction of activity and substrate scope for OleA enzymes in the thiolase superfamily. Synthetic Biology. doi: 10.1093/synbio/ysaa004  
  4. Smith M.D., Robinson S.L., Molomjamts M.M., & Wackett L.P. (2020) In vivo assay reveals microbial OleA thiolases initiating hydrocarbon and β-lactone biosynthesis. mBIO. 11(2). doi: 10.1128/mBio.00111-20  
  5. Aukema, K.G., Tassoulas, L.J., Robinson, S. L., Konopatski, J.F., Bygd, M.D., & Wackett, L.P. (2020) Cyanuric acid biodegradation via biuret: Physiology, taxonomy, and geospatial distribution. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 86(2), e01964-19. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01964-19 
  6. Jackson, K., Pelletier, K., Scheftel, J., Kerkaert, J., Robinson, S.L., McDonald, T., Bender, J., Knight, J., Ireland, M., & Nielsen, K. (2020) Analysis and modeling of Blastomyces dermatitidis environmental prevalence in Minnesota using soil collected at basal and outbreak sites. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01922-20
  7. Wackett, L.P. & Robinson, S.L. (2020) The ever-expanding limits of enzyme catalysis and biodegradation: polyaromatic, polychlorinated, polyfluorinated, and polymeric compounds. Biochemical Journal. 477(15), 2875–2891. doi: 1042/BCJ20190720
  8. Kautsar, S.A., Blin, K., Shaw, S., Navarro-Muñoz, J.C., Terlouw, B.R., van der Hooft, J.J., van Santen, J., Tracanna, V., Suarez Duran, H.G., Andreu, V.P., Selem-Mojica, N., Alanjary, M., Robinson, S.L., Lund, G., Epstein, S.C., Sisto, A.C., Charkoudian, L.K., Collemare, J., Linington, R., Weber, T., Medema, M.H. (2019) MIBiG 2.0: A repository for biosynthetic gene clusters of known function. Nucleic Acids Research. [E-pub]. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz882
  9. Tveit, A.T., Hestnes A.G., Robinson, S.L., Schintlmeister, A., Dedysh, S., Jehmlich, N., von Bergen, M., Herbold, C., Wagner, M., Richter A., Svenning M.M. (2019) Widespread soil bacterium that oxidizes atmospheric methane. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(17), 8515-8524. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1817812116
  10. Robinson, S. L., Christenson, J. K., Richman, J. E., Jenkins, D. J., Neres, J., Fonseca, D.R., Aldrich, C.C., & Wackett, L.P. (2019) Mechanism of a standalone β‐lactone synthetase: new continuous assay for a widespread ANL superfamily enzyme. ChemBioChem 20, 1701-1711. doi: 10.1002/cbic.201800821
  11. Robinson, S. & Wackett, L.P. Rings of power: Enzymatic routes to β-lactones. (2019) Book chapter in Comprehensive Natural Products III: Chemistry and Biology, Enzymes and Enzyme Mechanisms. [E-pub]. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-409547-2.14634-7  
  12. Robinson, S.L., Christenson, J.K., & Wackett, L.P. (2018) Biosynthesis and chemical diversity of β-lactone natural products. Natural Product Reports 36(3), 458-475. doi: 10.1039/ C8NP00052B   
  13. Robinson, S. L., Badalamenti, J. P., Dodge, A.G., Tassoulas, L.J., & Wackett, L.P. (2018) Microbial biodegradation of biuret: Defining biuret hydrolases within the isochorismatase superfamily. Environmental Microbiology 20(6), 2099-2111. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14094   
  14. Robinson, S.L. & Wackett, L.P. (2018) Diversity and taxonomy of aliphatic hydrocarbon producers. In: Stams A., Sousa D. (eds) Biogenesis of Hydrocarbons: Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology, Springer-Nature, 1-20. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-53114-4_6-1   
  15. Wackett, L.P. & Robinson, S.L. (2018) The future of environmental microbiology. Environmental Microbiology 20(6), 1988–1990. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14256   
  16. Vergauwen, L., Cavallin, J. E., Ankley, G. T., Bars, C., Gabriëls, I. J., Michiels, E. D. G., Fitzpatrick, K.R., Periz-Stanacev, J., Randolph, E.C., Robinson, S.L., Saari, T. W., Schroeder, A.S., Stincknens, E., Swintek, J., Van Crutchen, S.J., Verbeuken E., Villeneuve, D.L., Knapen, D. (2018) Gene transcription ontogeny of hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis development in early-life stage fathead minnow and zebrafish. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 266 (2018), 87-100. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.05.001   
  17. Christenson, J.K., Robinson, S.L., Engel, T.A., Richman, J.E., & Wackett, L.P. (2017) β-Lactone decarboxylase: Function, mechanism, and linkage to class III haloalkane dehalogenases. Biochemistry* 56(40), 5278–5287. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.7b00667 *Highlighted in Science as an Editor’s Choice: 358(6367), 1144   
  18. Schulfer, A.F., Battaglia T., Alvarez, Y., Bijnens, L., Ruiz, V. E., Ho, M., Robinson, S.L., Ward, T.W., Cox, L.M., Rogers, A.B., Knights, D., & Blaser, M.J. (2017) Intergenerational transfer of antibiotic-perturbed microbiota enhances colitis in susceptible mice. Nature Microbiology 3(2), 234. doi: 10.1038/s41564-017-0075-5   
  19. LaLone, C.A., Villeneuve, D.L., Lyons, D., Helgen, H.W., Robinson, S.L., Swintek, & Ankley, G.T. (2016) Sequence alignment to predict across species susceptibility (SeqAPASS): a web-based tool for addressing the challenges of cross-species extrapolation of chemical toxicity. Toxicological Sciences 153(2), 228-245. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfw119