Robert Policastro

Ph.D. Student
Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Program

B.S., University of Rochester, 2010
M.S., Stony Brook University, 2014

Bob grew up in the great state of NY, where he graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a B.A. in Biology. As an undergraduate he worked with Jeffrey Bazarian to study mild traumatic brain injury using the murine model. In 2014 Bob graduated with an M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stony Brook University. During his time there he worked in the lab of Aaron Neiman, using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to study a protein of unknown function with disease linked orthologs in humans. In 2015 Bob made the 850 mile trek to Indiana and joined the graduate program in Genome, Cell and Developmental Biology, where he hopes to further explore transcriptional regulation through the study of TBP and TBP related factors in the Zentner lab using budding yeast and mouse cell lines.

Beyond the lab, Bob was an EMT in NY for almost a decade before he moved to Indiana. He’s crazy for a good TV show, kayaking, and Jazz nights after a long day in lab.​