Ryan C. Smith, BA

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Ryan C. Smith, BA

Mentor

Viviane Tabar

Start Year

2013

Education

BA, Wesleyan University

I became interested in science after being injured when I was younger. As I learned about the healing process during my recovery, I became fascinated with the biological phenomena involved in human health. I am now interested in studying the behaviors and interactions of various nervous system cell types during normal development, as well as in the context of disease. 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 to gain experience that will propel me toward a career in biomedical research. Outside of the lab, I try to pick up a guitar once in a while despite my remarkable lack of any musical talent!

Fellowships

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

Grayer Fellowship (2015-2016)

Geoffrey Beene Graduate Student Fellowship (2014-2015)