A child genius, Roman attended Berkley University, from where he graduated by age seventeen with a bachelor of science in Physics, a bachelor of Arts in English and a master of science in Physics. He decided to sign up with NASA after reading about their search for astronauts in the university newspaper.
He was the youngest member of the Bowie Base mission, noted for an instinctive talent for mechanics. While escaping from Bowie Base One, he was infected by the Flood when a single drop of water fell on his cheek. He warned Adelaide Brooke and the remaining members to run before he transformed. If anything remained of Roman, it was killed when Adelaide blew up the entire base. (TV: The Waters of Mars)