Michael Robo, PhD

Computational Chemistry Staff Scientist

Joined the IBRI in October 2022

Michael Robo

Michael Robo, PhD, is a computational chemist with experience in free energy calculations, molecular docking and molecular mechanics. His primary responsibilities are to use computational tools to prioritize compounds for synthesis and/or experimental assay in the high-throughput screening, hit to lead and lead optimization stages of drug development.

Robo has investigated a diverse array of topics, including organometallic systems, force-enabled chemistry and protein-ligand systems. Prior to joining the IBRI, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Vilseck Lab at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he developed new methods of free energy calculation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Drug development
  • Force-enabled chemistry
  • Free energy calculations
  • Molecular docking
  • Molecular mechanics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organometallic systems
  • Protein-ligand systems


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Organic Chemistry), University of Michigan, 2020
  • Bachelor of Science (Organic Chemistry), University of Rochester, 2014