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Sean Ryder, Ph.D           

Professor and Vice Chair for Outreach
Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology
University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Office Location: LRB 906
Lab Location: LRB 970 W,X
Phone: 508-856-1372


Sean graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. He studied the mechanisms of RNA folding and catalysis in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, earning a Ph.D. in 2001. He performed post-doctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute, where he was awarded a Damon Runyon fellowship to study post-transcriptional regulation and RNP assembly. He joined the faculty of the UMass Chan Medical School in 2005.

In his free time Sean performs as a musician throughout New England.

Mentoring Statement:

I am a firm believer in the value of interdisciplinary science. When multiple lines of evidence support a developing story, it is more likely to stand the test of time. Good science is not done in isolation. We learn best when we communicate with others who have expertise and experience outside of our own. As such, I welcome collaboration and I love to talk to others about science. I believe that the primary motivation for doing science is to learn new things. Scientific training requires space to grow, develop, and learn things on your own. I provide that space, while ensuring a robust support structure exists to overcome any obstacle. I strongly believe that a diverse team provides perspectives and ideas that are valuable to our research. My core values include compassion, kindness, respect, and curiosity.

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