Interested in the molecular basis of cellular decision making with a particular focus on stem cell differentiation. My goal is to develop novel approaches to interrogate and manipulate the behavior of cells using optogenetic tools.
Biochemistry and molecular genetics of plant and yeast secondary metabolism; research on improving undergraduate science education with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM.
My work uses paramagnetic spin labels attached to proteins of the bacterial chemotaxis system to probe conformational changes associated with activivity using continuous wave and pulsed EPR techniques.
Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Neuronal Development; Biochemistry of Neurodegenerative Diseases; Structure, Function and Regulation of the Microtubule Associated Protein, Tau; Cytoskeletal Regulation.
Graduate Student Max Wilson Lab
3171 Biological Sciences II
Ryan is interested in the biophysical mechanics that govern Wnt pathway signal transduction as well as how these signaling components contribute to cell fate, growth and proliferation decisions in development and adulthood.
Duggan Professor and Distinguished Professor
4130-I Biology II
Combination of molecular, genetic, and state-of-the-art imaging approaches to define and solve fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology with implications for neurodegenerative disease, ischemic diseases and cancer.
Research Professor Professor Emeritus
5175 Biology II
Cell biology of the nervous system and muscle. Mechanisms of ion channel trafficking; function and regulation of potassium channels; polarized targeting of membrane proteins and neuronal cell polarity.
My research is focused on characterizing a gene regulatory network controlling the development of certain neuron subtypes. I am also particularly interested in stem cell-derived neurons and the development of synapses.