Kenneth P. Roberts, Ph.D.

Director and Associate Professor
WSU Medical Sciences

Ph.D. in biochemistry, Washington State University

Bachelor of Science in chemistry/biology, Western Washington University

Johns Hopkins University, Division of Reproductive Biology

Biochemistry I & II, Histology

Dr. Ken P. Roberts’ primary research interest is in sperm maturation, function and fertilization with application to male infertility and contraception. His lab takes a systems biology approach to sperm function and maturation. Recent work is focusing on the metabolic potential of the haploid male gamete. His recent research studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Wyeth Research.

Additional Information
Roberts comes to WSU Spokane from the University of Minnesota, where he was an associate professor in the Departments of Urologic Surgery and Integrative Biology and Physiology.

Throughout his fifteen-year career at the University of Minnesota Medical School, he served in teaching, research, and administration positions, including as director of the Program in Human anatomy Education and director of basic research at the Department of Urologic Surgery.

In 2004, the Minnesota Medical Foundation honored him with the Outstanding Medical School Teacher Award in basic science.

Roberts is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the American Society of Andrology, the Society for Basic Urologic Research and the Academy of Medical Educators, among others.

Selected Publications
Chauvin T, Xie F, Liu T, Nicora CD, Yang F, Camp DG, Smith RD and Roberts KP 2012 A Systematic Analysis of a Deep Mouse Epididymal Sperm Proteome. Biology of Reproduction in press

Vadnais ML and Roberts KP. 2010 Seminal Plasma Proteins Inhibit In vitro and Cooling Induced Capacitation in Boar Sperm. Reproduction, Fertility and Development 22(6):893-900

Whiteside JL, Ensrud-Bowlin KM, Wang G, Watschke BP and Roberts KP. 2008 Lead Placement and Associated Nerve Distribution of an Implantable Periurethral Electrostimulator. International Urogynecology Journal and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction 20:325-329, 2009

Roberts KP, Ensrud-Bowlin KM, Piehl LB, Parent KR, Bernhardt ML and Hamilton DW. 2008 Association of the Protein D and Protein E Forms of Rat CRISP1 with Epididymal Sperm. Biology of Reproduction 79:1046-1053

Vadnais ML, Foster DN and Roberts KP. 2008 Molecular Cloning and Expression of the CRISP Family of Proteins in the Boar. Biology of Reproduction 79:1129-1134