Ryan C. Smith, BA

Graduate Student




Viviane Tabar

Start Year



BA, Wesleyan University

I became interested in science after becoming injured when I was younger. I tried to learn about the healing process as I went through it and became fascinated with the biological phenomena involved in human health. In my research, I am interested in the behaviors and interactions of various cell types in the nervous system during development, as well as in disease contexts. My current work focuses on modeling a type of pediatric brain tumor that can arise with mutations in a variety of signaling pathways. I chose to pursue a PhD at Gerstner Sloan Kettering in order to gain experience that will allow me to continue toward a career in biomedical research in some capacity. Outside of the lab, I try to pick up a guitar once in awhile despite my remarkable lack of any musical talent!


Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F31) (2016-2019)

Grayer Fellowship (2015-2016)

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowship (2014-2015)