Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he investigated the cellular mechanisms that underlie simple forms of learning. He continued to research synaptic plasticity in the mouse hippocampus as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, he has dedicated his efforts towards the discovery of simple forms of memory in larval zebrafish as an adjunct Assistant Professor at UCLA. 


  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Biology)
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Research Areas

My research utilizes advanced microscopy combined with optogenetics to observe memory formation in vivo . Current projects are using light sensitive proteins to map and control memory-related neural circuits. 


Roberts, A.C,  Pearce, K, Choe, R.C., Alzagatiti, J.B., Yeung, A.K., Bill, B. R., Glanzman, D.L. Long-term habituation of the C-start escape response in zebrafish larvae. Neurobiol Learn Mem . 2016 Oct: 134 Pt B: 360-8.

Roberts, A.C,  Bill, B.B., Glanzman, D.L. Learning and memory in zebrafish larvae.  Front Neural Circuits . 2013 Aug: 7: 126.

Roberts, A.C., Reichl, J., Song, M.Y., Dearinger, A.D., Moridzadeh, N., Lu, Pearce, K., Esdin, J., Glanzman, D.L.  Characterization of habituation of the startle response in the larval zebrafish, Danio rerio. PLoS ONE 2011 Dec: 6  (12): e29132. 

Wang, X., McCoy, P.A., Rodriguiz, R.M., Pan, Y., Je, H.S., Roberts, A.C., Kim, C.J., Berrios, J., Colvin, J.S., Bousquet-Moore, D., Lorenzo, I., Wu, G., Weinberg, R.J., Ehlers, M.D., Philpot, B.D., Beaudet, A.L., Wetsel, W.C., Jiang, Y.H. Synaptic dysfunction and abnormal behaviors in mice lacking major isoforms of Shank3.  Hum Mol Genet  2011 Aug: 20 (15): 3093-108.

Larsen, R.S., Corlew, R.J., Henson, M.A., Roberts, A.C., Mishina, M., Watanabe, M., Lipton, S.A., Nakanishi, N., Pérez-Otaño, I., Weinberg, R.J.,  Philpot, B.D. NR3A-containing NMDARs promote neurotransmitter release and spike timing-dependent plasticity.  Nat Neurosci 2011 Mar: 14 (3): 338-44.

Henson, M.A., *Roberts, A.C., & Philpot, B.D. Influence of the NR3A subunit on NMDA receptor function.  Prog Neurobiol. 2010 May: 91 (1): 23-37. *denotes equal authorship