Campaign links: Matthew Robinson (D-OR-4)
Matthew L. Robinson
Matthew Robinson Congressional Candidate Oregon District 4
Biography of Matthew Robinson from Matthew Robinson for Congress
Matthew was born in Oregon and has lived in Oregon all his life.
He was raised on a family farm in Josephine County about 7 miles from the town of Cave Junction, and grew up working on the farm, which raises sheep, cattle, grain, and hay.
Matthew also works in his family’s education business, which has provided books and curriculum materials to more than 100,000 K to 12 students. The Robinsons have given more than $600,000 in scholarships to less affluent families.
He and his brothers and sisters earned their money for college and graduate school with this work. These activities taught him, at a young age, the value of hard work and common sense.
Matthew entered Southern Oregon University in 2006 as a junior – skipping two years based on his outstanding performance on Advanced Placement exams. He earned his BS in chemistry in just two years at SOU, graduating summa cum laude.
He also worked at the California Institute of Technology in research on the protein α-synuclein, which is involved in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
At Caltech, Matthew synthesized protein analogues of α-synuclein that he and his brother Noah then studied in their lab at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.
They published this work in the journal Protein Science.
Matthew was then offered a full graduate school fellowship by MIT, but instead decided to enter the graduate program in nuclear engineering at Oregon State University in the fall of 2009. As a doctoral student under Professor Jack Higginbotham at OSU, he is developing a new kind of nuclear reactor for use in the propulsion of deep space probes.