Rob is a fourth-year graduate student working on a Ph.D in Environmental Toxicology at Cornell University in Andrew Yen's lab, where he studies protein signaling involved in the retinoic acid-induced differentiation of a myeloid leukemia cell line. He received a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MA in Biotechnology in 2011 at Boston University, where he worked on a botulinum neurotoxin crystallization project with Nick DeNunzio in Karen Allen's lab. Along with other students in his degree program, he has taught several mini-courses in toxicology to local middle school and high school students to provide experience and foster interest in the field. Recently, he and several classmates have helped to point out regulatory gaps in the commercialization of genetically modified organisms via an article in The Oregonian. He hopes to pursue a science policy-related career in the government after graduation.