Ryan was raised in Central Texas. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his bachelor’s in Biochemistry. While there he performed research in protein engineering with Dr. George Georgiou and research in synthetic biology with Dr. Jeffrey Barrick.
He started his Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego, working under Dr. Roy Wollman. However, Dr. Wollman was recruited by UCLA, and so Ryan finished his thesis work here. His 2019 dissertation was on the epigenetic mechanisms underlying cell-to-cell variability in both gene expression and the intracellular calcium response. While finishing his dissertation he worked as a workshop facilitator for UCLA’s PEERS program and worked with Dr. Jennifer Casey to develop surveys tracking knowledge retention across the CHEM 14 series and into CHEM 153A.
After obtaining his Ph.D., Ryan worked as an adjunct lecturer for both Mount Saint Mary’s University as well as UCLA’s Life Science department, where he taught Mathematics for Life Sciences (LS30A). He is now teaching biochemistry (CHEM 153A) this Winter 2022 quarter.