Dr. Robins obtained his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University (1995) as a physics major with a concentration in mathematics. He then obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in theoretical physics (string theory) from the University of California Berkeley with a visiting appointment to the California Institute of Technology (“Caltech”). Dr. Robins obtained a postdoctoral appointment in theoretical physics in the particle theory group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
Interested in the mathematics behind genetics and observing the potential utility of high-level mathematics to study problems in the biological sciences, Dr. Robins took another postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Advance Study at Princeton University in 2002 to study under the famed biologist Dr. Arnold Levine.
Working with Dr. Levine at Princeton, Dr. Robins concentrated on developing bioinformatic algorithms for messenger RNA targets and bacterial genome analysis, a precursor to his current faculty appointment (2006) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Computational Biology Group, Public Health Sciences and Human Biology Divisions. In August of 2009, Dr. Robins was the recipient of the Ellison Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars Program to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences.