The Neurovascular Physiology Laboratory (NVPL) at Auburn University seeks to determine integrative strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, the number one cause of death in America. We use a comprehensive approach to study blood vessel function and neural control of blood pressure in healthy adults and patient populations. Specifically, we are interested in studying the physiological responses to lifestyle interventions, such as exercise, diet, and pharma/nutraceuticals.

vision and interests

Lab Vision

  • The NVPL seeks to create awareness of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment strategies through publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presenting at research conferences.

  • We want to help mentor and train the next generation of top scientists and health care practitioners.

  • We also prioritize helping individuals in the community at large understand the importance of cardiovascular health and healthy lifestyle habits.

Research Interests

  • Investigating racial differences in neurovascular function in response to high dietary salt.

  • Determining the role of lifestyle (e.g., physical activity, diet, and sleep) in contributing to blood vessel function and neural control of blood pressure.

  • Investigating the contribution of oxidative stress (high levels of free radicals) on autonomic control of the circulation.

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Austin Robinson’s PubMed Bibliography

Robinson AT, Linder BA, Barnett AM, Jeong S, Sanchez SO, Nichols OI, McIntosh MC, Hutchison ZJ, Tharpe MA, Watso JC, Gutiérrez OM, Fuller-Rowell TE. Cross-sectional analysis of racial differences in hydration and neighborhood deprivation in young adults. Am J Clin Nutr. In press 

Grosicki GJ, Flatt AA, Cross BL, Vondrasek JV, Blumenberg WT, Lincoln ZR, Chall A, Bryan A, Patel RP, Ricart K, Linder BA, Sanchez SO, Watso JC, Robinson AT.  Acute Beetroot Juice Reduces Blood Pressure in Young Black and White Males but not Females. Redox Biol. 2023 Jul;63:102718. 

Linder BA, Babcock MC, Migdal KU, Watso JC, Robinson ATShort-term high dietary salt intake does not influence resting or exercising heart rate variability but increases MCP-1 concentration in healthy young adults. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2023 May 1;324(5):R666-R676 

Nichols OI, Full-Rowell TE, Robinson AT,Eugene D, Homandberg LK. Neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation in early childhood contributes to racial disparities in blood pressure among young adultsJ Youth Adolesc. 2022 Nov;51(11):2146-2160. 

Barnett AM, Babcock MC, Watso JC, Migdal, KU, Gutiérrez OM, Farquhar WB, Robinson AT. High dietary salt intake increases urinary NGAL excretion and creatine clearance in healthy young adultsAm J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2022 Apr 1;322(4):F392-F402. 

Watso JC, Fancher IS, Gomez DH, Hutchison ZJ, Gutiérrez OM, Robinson ATThe damaging duo: Obesity and excess dietary salt contribute to hypertension cardiovascular disease. Obesity Reviews. 2023 Aug;24(8):e13589. 



NVPL in the News

MAY 2023

Doctoral student Soolim Jeong was notified of being awarded a TL-1 Fellowship. Congrats Soolim! The Auburn University Newsroom recently featured a story on Two Kinesiology students accepted to UAB’s Predoctoral Clinical/Translational Research Program 


The lab was featured in the Opelika Observer for a study that highlighted three of our studies and the importance of our work 

FALL 2020

Dr. Robinson was highlighted by the OVPRED for securing an NHLBI R15 award focused on Kinesiology researcher awarded $439,000 NIH R15 grant for work in health disparities 

JUNE 2020

Dr. Robinson asked to serve as a guest editor for the American Journal of Physiology; Heart and Circulatory Physiology for a special call for papers on racial differences in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular physiology. 

MAY 2020

Dr. Robinson featured in news story on Kinesiology professors who were awarded funding through Auburn University’s Intramural Grants Program.

APRIL 2020

Incoming PhD student Braxton Linder was awarded an Auburn University Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship will provide Linder with three years of funding as a graduate research assistant and enable him to focus his efforts solely on coursework and research. Congrats Braxton!

MARCH 2020

Dr. Robinson recognized for being selected to participate in NHLBI PRIDE, a program to promote diversity in biomedical research.

Dr. Robinson recognized for winning pilot project funding through the UAB CCTS.


Dr. Robinson recognized for winning an NHLBI career development award (K award) to fund his new lab at Auburn University in the School of Kinesiology.


Dr. Robinson featured on the “5 questions with an expert” series with Dr. Michael Roberts for the Auburn University School of Kinesiology website.


Last updated: 08/07/2023