Robert Tsushima is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at York University. Robert holds a PhD in Pharmacology from Western University and did postdoctoral research at Northwestern University in Chicago and the Toronto General Hospital.
In 1998, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto where he held a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada New Investigator Award. Robert moved to York University in 2007 and was a Career Investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (2009-2014). He held the position as the Associate Dean Research and Partnerships (2012-15) and has been the Chair of the Department of Biology since
2017. His research explores the fundamental electrical and mechanical properties of the heart and how the heart responds to ischemic stress. His research also focuses on how cholesterol regulates the electrical activity of insulin secreting cells in the pancreas and the subsequent effect this has on insulin secretion.