Connor was born and raised in New Jersey, before moving to complete his undergraduate studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. At Northeastern, he studied the kinetics of phosphine exchange in cyclopentadienyl ruthenium complexes under the direction of Professor Rein Kirss. After graduating with a BS degree in 2014, he joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a PhD student in the laboratory of Professor Scott Denmark. During that time, he studied the influence of boronic ester structure on the mechanism of transmetalation in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction. In 2020, he continued his journey west to join the Hartwig laboratory, where he studies the mechanism of C-N coupling reactions catalyzed by oxalamide-ligated copper complexes. Alongside research, he enjoys hiking, reading (particularly sci-fi/fantasy), cooking, playing board games, and learning about the application of data science techniques to chemical problems.