Ryan entered the Biological Engineering PhD program at MIT after finishing his B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Working under the mentorship of Prof. Dane Wittrup, his research has focused on improving the development of therapeutic antibodies. He has primarily focused on understanding the causes of antibody nonspecificity and developing high throughput assays for prediction of antibody pharmacokinetics. Additionally, he has helped further develop the yeast display platform by engineering a switchable display/ secretion system for the rapid isolation of candidate antibodies. In addition to research, Ryan has served on the BE Retreat planning committee and as co-chair of the BE graduate board for the past two years. He was a teaching assistant for a required undergraduate course on biomolecular kinetics and cellular dynamics, and has mentored three undergraduate student researchers. He has also actively participated in community outreach by serving as a judge for the Massachusetts state high school science fair and organizing a cancer immunotherapy booth for the Cambridge Science Festival.