Ryan grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, Riverside for both his BS (Biology) and Ph.D. (Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology). During that time, he became interested in mosquito biology and his thesis work focused on the applications of transgenic mosquitoes for genetic control strategies to prevent vector-borne diseases. These interests led him to a post-doc at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he studied mosquito immunity and malaria parasite biology to better understand how malaria parasites are killed in the mosquito host. Together, these interests in mosquito genetics and immunity will serve as the foundation for Ryan’s research program at Iowa State.
Outside of the lab, Ryan is joined by his wife Kristen and two daughters, Aubrey (age 3) and Emily (10 months).