Robert Wheeler (Bob to his friends) earned his Bachelor's of Science Degree at the University of Southern California in 1975. His graduate work into the binding action of aflatoxin to rat liver cytosol and transfer of virulence factors from an opportunistic pathogen (Pseudomonas) to Yersinia pestis (bubonic plague) gave him an appreciation of virulence factors in microbes. As a science teacher at Academy School District in Colorado Springs for 24 years, this position allowed him to share his passion of all things DNA with the next generation of students. Working with Dr. Huggins, Bob designed and had built a DNA research lab where he was able to design tests for the detection of pathogenic and virulent microbes in the oral cavity using DNA fingerprinting specific for these microbes. Bob is currently the assistant lab director for Dental DNA.