Rob Elson, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • Phone: 619.849.2609


  • B.A., Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Ph. D., Neurobiology, University of Cambridge


Dr. Elson has a B.A. (Honors) in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from the University of Cambridge, England 1981 and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the University of Cambridge, England 1985.  His Post-Doctoral Studies included the Department of Physiology, at the University of Bristol, England 1985-1988, and the Division of Biological Sciences, at UC San Diego 1988-1991.


Anatomy and Physiology II
Field Biology
Human Biology and Bioethics
Insect Biology
Introduction to Biology
Organismal Biology


  • Neurobiology: Development of neuronal properties and the neural control of behavior in invertebrate model systems.
  • Research Student Projects (since 2007): - Developmental expression of neuronal properties and behavior in silkworm moth and cabbageworm butterfly. 
  • Research grant (1999-2002): The role of chaotic dynamics in motor pattern generation (NSF: IBN-9975490). Co-P.I.: Dr. P.F. Rowat, UCSD

Summer Research Poster