Conner was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He studied chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Idaho, where he also synthesized coumarin derivatives as part of his research in the Magolan group. He then worked with Prof. Christopher Uyeda at Purdue for his PhD, developing catalytic reductive carbene and vinylidene transfer reactions. Branching out from states that start with I, Conner came to California to start his work in the Reisman group. When he's out of the lab, Conner enjoys teaching, fishing, exercising, drinking beer, and watching true crime documentaries. In addition to completing the synthesis of a natural product, Conner also aspires to catch his first tuna.