Ryan acts as one of the key points of contact with Oxford Brookes and is also associated with the work of the Oxford Academic Health Partners Charity.
After completing an MSc in Medical Diagnostics and Molecular biology PhD on dietary linked Oesophageal cancer in developing world South Africa, Ryan worked for industry around Europe on a six million Euro point-of-care early diagnostic cancer tool. This led on to working on an early cancer diagnostic tool for the International Technology Research Institute, Taiwan.
Ryan went to Oxford Brookes as a Research Fellow in 2009 to set up primary blood cell culture and gene profiling in partnership with WIMM, University of Oxford and The Babraham Institute, Cambridge.
Ryan is now a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics at Oxford Brookes University focusing on the effect of extracellular vesicles on muscle and neuron development on Earth and in space, for which he has a patent application. His lab focuses on cell culture models, gene expression, characterisation and function (Microarray, RNAseq, Nanopore).
He consults for the Biotech industry with a molecular biology technologies focus. Ryan helped set up the AHSC MSc Medical Genomics course. He is widely involved in Public Engagement projects from art to science festivals and has presented and published his work internationally, including BBC, House of Commons, London Science Museum, and Natural History Museum. For his community engagement projects he has a BBC award and was made an Honorary member of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.