- Scott Scholar
- UNO, Information Science & Technology
Ryan is from Omaha, NE, and is studying bioinformatics and computer science. His non-profit experience includes partnering with the Open Door Mission. As a community action project, his team developed a web application that displays appointment information for clients across shelters in Omaha. The app is currently being used in production. His leadership experience includes instituting a high school ambassador program for the Scott Scholars Program and serving on the Scott Scholars Leadership Council. Additionally, he volunteers at the VA Hospital, where he coordinates volunteer opportunities within his Scott Scholar cohort. His internship experience includes working at Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he developed C# applications to aid developers and used Microsoft Azure to prove that cloud computing could improve data extraction and management within the company. This summer, he will be working in the lab of Dr. Mike Wiley as an undergraduate research assistant. His research experience includes working in the Molecular Parasitology Lab of Dr. Paul Davis, through the UNO Department of Biology. In this research, they are working on a project aimed at developing a novel PCR diagnostic for Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection. They used bioinformatics to identify regions of the Toxoplasma genome that were highly repeated and unique to the parasite. Their current DNA markers show greater amplification than existing markers. His career interests include biomedical and bioinformatics research or becoming a physician specializing in radiology, genetic pathology, or family medicine.