Robert F. Berman, Ph.D. - IDDRC Investigator

Robert F. Berman, Ph.D.

Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Neurological Surgery, UC Davis School of Medicine
University of California Davis
1515 Newton Court
Davis, CA 95618

Phone: 530-754-5102 / Fax:  530-754-5125

Areas of Interest

Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS), Fragile-X Premutation, Animal Models of Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury


Dr. Berman is Director of Research for the Department of Neurological Surgery at UC Davis, and a faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute and the Center for Neuroscience.   He is also Co-director with Dr. Jacqueline Crawley of Core E, Animal Models, within the UC Davis IDDRC.  Dr. Berman’s research is broadly focused on understanding  the causes and cellular mechanisms of Fragile X-associated disorders (i.e., Fragile-X premutation, FXTAS), autism and traumatic brain injury.  Current research is using transgenic mouse models to understand the disease processes underlying these disorders, as well as to develop and test pharmacological and molecular treatment strategies to improve neurological function.

Current IDDRC Projects

Mouse models to define critical periods and molecular targets in FXTAS, NIH/NINDS R01 NS079775

Recent Representative Publications

Berman, R.F., Murray, K.D., Arque, G., Hunsaker, M.R. & Wenzel, H.J. (2012), Abnormal dendrite and spine morphology in primary visual cortex in the CGG, knock-in model of the Fragile X premutation. Epilepsia 53, 149-159.  PMID:22612820

Tasone, F., Greco, C., Hunsaker, M., Berman, R., Seritan, A., Gane, L., Jacquemont, S., Basuta, K., Jin, L-W, Hagerman, P. and Hagerman, R. (2012) Neuropathological, clinical and molecular pathology in female fragile x premutation carriers with and without FXTAS. Genes Brain and Behavior. 11,577-585. PMID:22463693

Hunsaker, M.R., Kim, K.M., Willemsen, R. & Berman, R.F. (2012) CGG Trinucleotide repeat length modulates neural plasticity and spatiotemporal processing in a mouse model of the Fragile X premutation. Hippocampus , 22 (12), 2260-2275.  PMID:22707411

Koenig, C.M., Lango, J., Pessah, I.N. &  Berman, R.F. (2012) Maternal transfer of BDE-47 to offspring and neurobehavioral development in C57BL/6J mice. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 34(6), 571-80.  PMID:23022914

Schwartzer, J., Koenig, C.M. & Berman, R.F. (2013) Using mouse models of autism spectrum disorders to study the neurotoxicology of gene-environment interactions.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 36, 17-35.  PMID: 23010509