Raymond graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he joined Spherotech Inc. in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area as a Manufacturing Chemistry Associate, synthesizing, functionalizing, and bio-conjugating magnetic beads for Flow Cytometry and alternative biochemical assays.
As a result of his exemplary lab skills and creativity, Raymond’s responsibilities expanded to numerous R&D projects, leading to several new products in Spherotech’s pipeline. His accomplishments at Spherotech, caused him to develop a passion to learn more biology in order to apply his lab skills and knowledge in the field of biotechnology. As a result, Raymond continued his education by completing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University in 2016. His experience and education allowed him acceptance into the Professional Science Master’s in Biotechnology program at the University of San Francisco where he is focusing his studies in bioinformatics.
In his first semester of graduate school, Raymond was introduced to CSO, Jacob Glanville, who gave him a lead role in a computational project for Distributed Bio, resulting in the germline scaffolds chosen for the SuperHuman Library 2.0. Since officially joining Distributed Bio as a Bioengineering Intern in January 2017, Raymond has led the construction of several natural antibody phage display libraries sourced from phenotypically extreme subjects, as well as brought the company’s VHH, Fab, and novel NGS+library technologies online.