Robert was born in Eureka, California and raised in the mountains of Trinity County. After attending College of the Redwoods, he transferred to UC Berkeley in 2017 to study his favorite subject, chemistry. Robert joined the Hartwig lab in January  2018, and investigates the catalytic activity of first row metallic complexes. In his free time, Robert enjoys running, thinking about languages, reading indiscriminately,  and dabbling in new skills.