Dr. Robert John Yancey was born in Austin, Texas. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in human medical microbiology. After graduating, Bob spent three years in postdoctoral positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and the University of Missouri Medical School at Columbia. He joined The Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1980. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for more than thirty years, he retired in 2012 to become a novelist and scientific consultant. Bob is the author of more than eighty-five publications in refereed scientific journals and books, author on more than 150 presentations at national and international meetings, and inventor on seven patents. He currently lives with his golden retriever, Sadie, at his house on Fine Lake in southwest Michigan.