Professor Robert Bonin

Robert Bonin

Assistant Professor


St. George (downtown)

CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Neurobiology, Physiology


Ph.D. University of Toronto 2010
BSc McMaster University 2004

Primary Undergraduate Department

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

Graduate Programs

Cell and Systems Biology

Academic or Administrative Appointments

Canada Research Chair in Sensory Plasticity and Reconsolidation
Scientist of the University of Toronto Center for the Study of Pain

Research Description

We use in vivo and in vitro approaches to identify and address cellular mechanisms of pathological sensory plasticity contributing to chronic pain and sensory disorders.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-978-2716
Office: 1004
Lab: 1038
Lab Phone: 416-946-5951

Mailing Address

Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building
144 College Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3M2

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Nociceptor activity induces nonionotropic NMDA receptor signaling to enable spinal reconsolidation and reverse pathological pain

Zhang H, Rodriguez-Hernandez LD, D’Souza AJ, He D, Zain M, Fung SW, Bennett LA, Bonin RP
2023, Science Advances, 10.1126/sciadv.adg2819

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Physical Contact Promotes the Development of Emotional Contagion Between Mice

Lecker I, Yini X, Zhang H, Bonin RP
2021, Neuroscience, 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2020.11.030

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Cage-lid hanging behavior as a translationally relevant measure of pain in mice

Zhang H, Lecker I, Collymore C, Dokova A, Pham MC, Rosen SF, Crawhall-Duk H, Zain M, Valencia M, Filippini HF, Li J, D\'Souza AJ, Cho C, Michailidis V, Whissell PD, Patel I, Steenland HW, Virginia Lee W, Moayedi M, Sterley T, Bains JS, Stratton JA, Matyas JR, Biernaskie J, Dubins D, Vukobradovic I, Bezginov A, Flenniken AM, Martin LJ, Mogil JS, Bonin RP
2020, Pain, 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000002127

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