Curriculum Vitae

Nicholas Robertson | Updated 9/22/23 | See “Contact” page for communication | Google Scholar



  • Proficient in microbiological wet lab techniques like PCR, gel electrophoresis, CRISPR systems, and transformations
  • Experience with E. coli, S. cerevisiae, Y. lipolytica, and K. marxianus
  • Capable of operating HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, plate readers, and flow cytometers
  • Over 5 years of experience with CNC machines like 3D printers, laser cutters, Haas milling machines, and liquid handling robots
  • Intermediate in Java-based programing languages and Python
  • 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
  • Hands-on 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
  • Sold over 200 devices to brewers around the world (current price is $1,500 each)

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 processes
  • Used ion exchange columns and ultrafiltration units

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
  • Presented poster at symposium

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

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