Sally Robinson - BVSc(Hons), MVSc, PhD

Sally Robinson
Postdoctoral Scholar
Small Animal Medicine



After completion of her veterinary degree in Australia, Dr. Sally Robinson completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, where she discovered her love of research working on a project investigating respiratory disease in shelter cats. After relocating to Minnesota, she undertook a PhD focused on immune protection against porcine reproductive and respiratory virus in pigs, gaining new knowledge to develop better vaccines against the devastating disease. At Tufts, Dr. Robinson continues to combine her clinical and research interests as an intern in small animal medicine with postdoctoral research investigating mechanisms of dermatologic diseases. She is working towards her goal of becoming a veterinary dermatologist. When not at work, Dr. Robinson enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming with her husband and two daughters, and snuggling with Tucker the Labrador and Moose the cat. 


  • BVSc(Hons) – University of Queensland, Australia, 2001
  • MVSc – University of Melbourne, Australia, 2009
  • PhD – University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Robinson SR, Li J, Nelson EA, Murtaugh MP. Broadly neutralizing antibodies against the rapidly evolving Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Virus Research (2015) 203:56-65
  • Robinson SR, Abrahante JE, Johnson CR, Murtaugh MP. Purifying selection in Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus ORF5a protein influences variation in envelope glycoprotein 5 glycosylation. Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2013) 20:362-368
  • Robinson SR, Figuereido MC, Abrahante JE, Murtaugh MP. Immune response to ORF5a protein immunization is not protective against Porcine reproductive and respiratory virus infection. Veterinary Microbiology (2013) 164:281-285
  • Tamburini BA, Phang TL, Fosmire SP, Scott MC, Trapp SC, Duckett MM, Robinson SR, Slansky JE, Sharkey LC, Cutter GR, Wojcieszyn JW, Bellgrau D, Gemmill RM, Hunter LE, Modiano JF. Gene expression profiling identifies inflammation and angiogenesis as distinguishing features of canine hemangiosarcoma. BMC Cancer. (2010) 10:619
  • Oloris SC, Frazer-Abel AA, Jubala CM, Fosmire SP, Helm KM, Robinson SR, Korpela DM, Duckett MM, Baksh S, Modiano JF. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. Nicotine-mediated signals modulate cell death and survival of T lymphocytes. (2010) 242(3):299-309
  • Kim JH, Anderson KL, Frantz AM, Graef AJ, Scott MC, Robinson SR, Sharkey LC, O’Brien TD, Dickerson EB, Modiano JF. Interleukin-8 promotes canine hemangiosarcoma growth by regulating the tumor microenvironment. Experimental Cell Research. (2014) 323(1):155-164

General Research Interests

  • Immunology, diseases with immune dysregulation
  • Infectious diseases

Selected Research Projects

  • Identifying biomarkers of dermatologic diseases
  • Developing a diagnostic test for canine pemphigus foliaceus
Research and Clinical Interests
  • Dermatologic diseases of companion animals
  • Clinical and molecular aspects of immunologic and infectious diseases of veterinary or public health significance.
  • Mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions with a focus on immune prevention strategies