Dr. Roberts is the Curators’ Professor of Animal Science and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He received his B.A. in botany and his Ph.D. in plant physiology and biochemistry at Oxford University.
Dr. Roberts laboratory is interested in the transcriptional control of expression of interferon-tau genes (IFNT). With Angel a Walker, a postdoctoral fellow, Dr.Roberts is looking into evolution of the IFNT and the entire type 1 interferon locus in ruminant species and discovered an entirely new sub-family of interferon genes.