Bill Robinson is a professor of medicine and the Rifkin Endowed Chair for Cancer Research at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. A true son of Colorado, Robinson was born in the mining town of Breckenridge and mainly grew up on a family ranch outside of Eldorado Springs where he attended a one-room school. His professional education was in Colorado and Australia.
Robinson has spent his career, working here and in Australia, in pursuit of a better understanding and treatment of malignant melanoma. He founded the Melanoma Research Program at the University of Colorado, which combines the best of clinical and laboratory research. Together with collaborators from around the world, the CU program has developed new therapies for melanoma that have changed the dismal prognosis of this disease into a largely treatable disease even when advanced. Melanoma has now become the model for other cancer types. Robinson is continuing this work by currently seeking new molecular understanding and treatment targets through whole exome sequencing of a large biorepository of human melanoma samples.