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Robert K. Stanley
Post Doctorate RA

Robert Stanley is a postdoctoral research associate on the Biogeochemical Transformation team. His current research focuses on using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometry imaging to understand the chemical response to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants, uncover plant–rhizosphere interactions, and generate molecular atlases of key plants.


Research Interests

  • Plant stress responses
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Chemical biology


  • PhD, chemical biology, University of Notre Dame, 2022  
  • BS, biochemistry with honors, University of Notre Dame, 2016

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Early Career Representative, American Society for Plant Biology Science Policy Committee, 2022–present
  • National Chair, National Science Policy Network, 2021–2023



Stanley et al. 2023. "Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) infestation bioassays and metabolic profiles of green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) provide evidence for an induced host defensive response to larval infestation." Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 6. DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2023.1166421

Rogers and Stanley. 2023. "Airborne Algae: A Rising Public Health Risk." Environmental Science & Technology 57 (14) 5501-5503. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.3c01158


Quaynor et al. 2014. "Differential expression of nasal embryonic LHRH factor (NELF) variants in immortalized GnRH neuronal cell lines." Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 383 (1-2): 32-37 DOI: 10.1016/j.mce.2013.11.020