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.
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.
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.
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.