Rob Burgess is a scientist, entrepreneur, businessman and author.  He has held numerous academic and industry-related positions including Research Fellow at the University of California, San Diego, Founding Scientist at Lexicon Genetics, Founder and President, Genome Biosciences, Vice President, Research and Development at Zyvex Corporation, and Vice President, Business Development at Stem Cell Sciences.  He has published key research findings in top-tier peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Nature and Science. In graduate school, at the age of 23, he discovered and characterized a master regulatory protein, termed paraxis, involved in the control of cell fate and anterior-posterior axis formation during embryonic development.  He has founded or co-founded two successful stem cell-based biotechnology companies and recently published the world's first college textbook on nanomedicine (Understanding Nanomedicine:  An Introductory Textbook; Pan Stanford Publishing, 2012).  He is currently Vice President of Global Business Development at RayBiotech Incorporated and an adjunct professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Texas - Dallas.  As a die-hard Texas Longhorns fan, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from the University of Texas - Austin and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  He grew up in Silsbee, Texas and currently resides in the Austin, Texas area with his wife, Jane, daughter, Zoie, and son, Bobby.  He can be reached at