Ryan Tewhey is a postdoctoral fellow in the Sabeti lab. His primary focus is on the development of high-throughput screening systems to understand the functional impact of non-coding polymorphisms. He is currently applying the massively parallel reporter assay (MPRA) to identify causal alleles driving positive selection signals and loci identified from genome wide association studies. His broad interests lie in the application of novel technologies to answer questions related to human health and disease. His time is evenly divided between wet and dry lab approaches.
Ryan completed a dual major in Cellular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Maine, Orono and then worked for two years at the Broad Institute assisting with the first genome wide association studies for type II diabetes. He received his PhD from the Division of Biological Science at University of California, San Diego in 2012 while carrying out work at The Scripps Research Institute. Here he developed technologies for high-throughput sequencing studies and used the technologies to study human complex diseases as well as microbial pathogenesis. He was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 in science in 2011 and has conducted research at the Genome Institute of Singapore as a recipient of a NSF/A-STAR EAPSI fellowship. He is currently supported by an NIH Pathway to Independence award.