Professor Grote teaches a variety of courses including Organic Chemistry, Advanced Topics in Organic Chemistry (Mechanism, Synthesis, Medicinal Chemistry, and Spectroscopy), as well as courses in the Integrative Studies Program and Freshman Year Experience Program. Her research interests focus on the development of new synthetic methodology to make heterocycles and the characterization of novel compounds.
Robin Grote grew up in Dayton, Ohio and Youngstown, Ohio where she attended Ursuline High School, home of the Fighting Irish. She then attended Youngstown State University as a “University Scholar” and became fascinated by Organic Chemistry in the class and research lab of Peter Norris. Robin finished her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University, where she worked with Douglas Grotjahn on the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic complexes.
Following her undergraduate studies, Robin attended the University of California, Irvine for her doctoral studies, working with Liz Jarvo on the development of new catalytic methodologies. She then went to Columbia University to complete her postdoctoral work with Samuel Danishefsky, studying non-traditional Diels-Alder reactions.
Robin began teaching at Otterbein in 2012, lives in Westerville, and enjoys eating Graeter’s ice cream and walking around Inniswood gardens with her husband and two children.