Rob joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011, and is currently a Program Officer in the Global Health Innovative Technology Solutions group. Currently Rob’s work is centered around developing new low-cost diagnostic concepts and developing technology platforms for host and pathogen analysis. Previously, Rob worked on the foundation’s Point-of-Care Initiative, which was aimed at creating a decentralized platform to transform diagnostics for the developing world. Prior, Rob had consulted for the foundation’s Discovery group and supported Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE)- the foundation’s innovative idea engine- among other programs. Prior to moving to Seattle, Rob supported the Department of Homeland Security’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the management and technical evaluation of next-generation biodetection technologies. Rob received his M.S. in Microbiology from Virginia Tech.