Rob Bonin has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, effective August 1, 2015. In this role, Dr. Bonin will teach and conduct research in the Faculty’s biomolecular sciences area.
Dr. Bonin holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Pharmacology from McMaster University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology (Collaborative Program in Neuroscience) from the University of Toronto. Following the completion of his doctoral studies, Dr. Bonin has held a Catherine Bushnell Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain Research at the Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Unit of the Institut universitaire en santé mental de Québec/Université Laval.
Dr. Bonin’s research interests concern how plastic changes at the synaptic and systems level are maintained or modified by ongoing neuronal activity, and how these processes contribute to sensory and cognitive processes. His PhD work focused on identifying neural receptor targets that underlie the memory-impairing and analgesic properties of anesthetics, while his postdoctoral research led to the discovery of a novel mechanism regulating the maintenance of central sensitization in pain. Through this research, Dr. Bonin has developed novel optogenetic and behavioural methods for the study of pain processing and sensitization, and has participated in the development of novel pharmaceutical tools for the treatment of neuropathic pain.
Dr. Bonin’s research discoveries have been published in Nature Neuroscience, Nature Medicine, and The Journal of Neuroscience.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Bonin has held roles as an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Laval University, where he has been responsible for the training of graduate and undergraduate students as well as research associates.
Dr. Bonin’s laboratory will combine his expertise in plasticity, optogenetics, and electrophysiology to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of reconsolidation.