Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Robertson | Updated 6/21/24 | See “Contact” page for communication | Google Scholar




  • Proficient in microbiological wet lab techniques like PCR, gel electrophoresis, CRISPR systems, and transformations
  • Extensive experience with E. coli, S. cerevisiae, Y. lipolytica, and K. marxianus
  • Experience operating HPLC, GC-FID, plate readers, and flow cytometers
  • Nine years of experience with CNC machines like 3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines
  • Intermediate in Java-based programing languages
  • Extensive work with Microsoft Office Suite


Bioengineering M.S., PhD | University of California, Riverside | 2020 – Present

  • Two years of bioengineering and genetic engineering coursework
  • Distinguished Plants3D scholar
  • Four years of wet lab work genetically modifying yeast (Wheeldon Lab)
  • Lab safety officer
  • Completed Master’s degree, advanced to PhD candidate

Biochemical Engineering Major and Genetics Minor | University of Georgia | 2016 – 2020

  • Gained two paid research positions
  • Worked and collected scholarships to pay for college
  • Received multiple iCorps entrepreneurship fellowships
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Work Experience

Rare Combinations LLC (Founder, CEO) | 2017 – Present

  • Found need in kombucha market for alcohol content detector
  • Spent one year developing prototype (designed electronics, 3D printed case)
  • Launched prototype, gained feedback, built improved models, filed patent
  • Sold over 200 devices to brewers around the world

Re-Nuble (Consultant) | 2020 – 2022

  • Designed and built photobioreactors to grow algae
  • Developed and used chemical testing methods
  • Wrote reports for guidance on projects

Eiteman Metabolic Engineering Lab (Paid Researcher) | 2018 – 2020

  • Gained experience metabolic engineering E. coli
  • Developed chemical extraction, ion exchange chromatography, and ultrafiltration processes

Harbor Lights Tissue Engineering Lab (Paid Researcher) | 2017 – 2019

  • Worked on a team to develop an attachment for a biological 3D printer
  • Utilized Arduino, electronics, and 3D printing knowledge

Next Generation Youth Development (Paid Intern) | 2013 – 2016

  • Taught technology-focused lessons to at-risk students
  • Operated and maintained four 3D printers