COL Leon L. Robert Jr.
Professor and Head of Department
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Colonel Robert is Professor and Head of the Department of Chemistry and Life Science. He teaches General Chemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Human Physiology. He is also a Research Fellow, Network Science Center, United States Military Academy. He is a board certified medical and veterinary entomologist, a member of the Entomological Society of America and a Life Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Colonel Robert conducts funded research on vector-borne diseases, invertebrate adaptive coloration, biological networks, and siRNA. He has published over 40 manuscripts in scientific peer-reviewed journals, two book chapters and numerous technical reports. He serves as a member on the General Committee and the Academic Board. He also serves on a number of research review panels and advisory boards and is an Assistant Officer-in-Charge of the West Point Skeet and Trap Team.
- Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Entomology 1987
- M.S.S. US Army War College, Strategic Studies 2006
- M.S. Old Dominion University, Biology 1983
- M.Ed. State University of New York, Science Education 1981
- B.A. State University of New York, Biology 1977
- US Army War College, Distance Education Program, Class 2006
- Defense Strategy Course
- Army Management Staff College
- Command and General Staff College
- Combined Arms and Services Staff School
- AMEDD Officer Advance Course
- AMEDD Officer Basic Course
- “Evaluation of thermotherapy for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Kabul, Afghanistan: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” Safi, N.; G. D. Davis; M. Nadir; H. Hamid; L. L. Robert; A. J. Case. Military Medicine , 2012, 177, 345-351.
- “The expanding role of military entomologists in stability and counterinsurgency operations,” Robert, LL; SE Rankin. 2011, U.S. Army Medical Department Journal, Jul-Sep 2011, 12-16.
- “Vector control and pest management,” Debboun, M.; L. Robert; L. O’Brien; R. Johnson; S. Berte. 2006, U.S. Army Medical Department Journal, Apr-Jun 2006, 31-40.
- “Plasmodium-infected Anopheles mosquitoes collected in Virginia and Maryland following local transmission of Plasmodium vivax malaria in Loudoun County, Virginia,” Robert, L. L.; P. D. Santos-Ciminera; R. G. Andre; G. W. Schultz; P. G. Lawyer; J. Nigro; P. Masuoka; R. A. Wirtz; J. Neely; D. Gaines; C. E. Cannon; D. Pettit; C. W. Garvey; D. Goodfriend; D. R. Roberts. 2005, JAMCA, 21,187-193.
- “Diseases transmitted primarily by arthropod vectors,” Gupta, R. K.; L.L. Robert; P. G. Lawyer. 2003, In Military Preventive Medicine: Mobilization and Deployment, Volume 1. P. W. Kelley, Ed. Office of the Surgeon General, Department of the Army, Washington, DC, 469-501.
My laboratory studies sand fly-leishmaniasis parasite interactions using various experimental and computational approaches to better understand complex parasite-host disease relationships. We also conduct nanomorphology studies using the Golden Tortoise Beetle as a model organism to understand insect adaptive camouflage to elucidate complex color switching behaviors. This research may lead to the development of switchable mirror materials for optical vapor sensors. We collaborate with Carnegie Mellon University, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, Picatinny Arsenal, Army Research Laboratory, and Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center. The lab is equipped with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), scanning confocal microscope, atomic force microscope and fluorescent microscope. Our cadets conduct funded research, attend summer internships, and have been accepted at a variety of tier one medical schools and graduate schools.