Robert Haining

Dr. Robert Luddy Haining

Associate Professor of Chemistry

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Dr. Robert Haining began his education in chemistry at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Following a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Washington State University, Haining accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in medicinal chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. During this fellowship, Haining published numerous papers, was awarded an NIH RO1 grant and became an expert in pharmacogenetics. He continued his research career and began teaching with a move to West Virginia University in the fall of 2000. 
In 2011, Haining moved to GGC and began teaching full time. He has continued his research with an emphasis on understanding early chemical events in the development of Parkinson's disease with STEC 4500 research students and through teaching integrated laboratory courses. He gains the most enjoyment out of getting students excited about possible research careers of their own.


  • Doctorate – biochemistry – Washington State University
  • Master’s – biochemistry – Washington State University
  • Bachelor’s – chemistry – Whitman College

Academic Interests

  • Neuromelanin in the development of Parkinson's disease
  • Dopaminergic pathways in learning and memory
  • Optogenetics and the possibility of optical neurotransmission


  • Post-doctoral research award: ISSX meeting 1999
  • NIH R01 grant: Pharmacogenetics of CYP2D6