Ryder Lab * UMass Medical School




Sean Ryder, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
UMass Medical School
364 Plantation Street LRB-906
Worcester, MA, 01605

Office (LRB-906)
508-856-1372
Lab (LRB-970W,X)
508-856-3568
Email

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Sean Ryder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology,
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sean Ryder 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 University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2005. His current research focuses on the role of RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of gene expression during differentiation and development, with a focus on oligodendrocyte biology and early embryogenesis. His work couples quantitative methods, molecular genetics, and high throughput approaches to map regulatory networks at the systems level. He received a Scholar Award from the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research in 2006, and a Basil O’Connor Award from the March of Dimes in 2008.


Mennatallah (Minna) Albarqi

Graduate Student
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Massachusetts Medical School


B.S. Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
Joined the lab in May, 2016

Phone: 508-856-3568
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Katianna Antkowiak

Research Technician
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School


B.S. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Joined the lab in August, 2016

Phone: 508-856-3568
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Peren Coskun

Graduate Student
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of Massachusetts Medical School


B.Sc. Sabanci University, Instanbul, Turkey
Joined the lab in October, 2016

Phone: 508-856-3568
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Michelle Heeney

Undergraduate Student Intern (Part Time)
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Student at UMass, Amherst, Class of 2019
Joined the lab in May, 2016

Phone: 508-856-3568
E-mail: Send an email


Zahra Khazal

Undergraduate Student Intern (Major Qualifying Project Student)
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School


Student at WPI, Class of 2017
Joined the lab in May, 2016

Phone: 508-856-3568
E-mail: Send an email


Alumni

Carina Clingman, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2009-2014, Business Owner / Entrepreneur, Talent Lab Consulting.
Brian Farley, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2006-2012, NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship with Kathy Collins, UC Berkeley. Currently employed by Twist Biosciencest.
Ebru Kaymak, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2009-2016, Currently a post-doc with Karen Adelman, Harvard University.
Suparna Laha, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2015, Currently faculty at Yenepoya Research Centre, Mangalore.
Lisa McCoig, research technician, 2005-2008, Lisa left my lab to become a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill. She left graduate school before finishing due to health reasons. She worked as a research technician at Duke before she ultimately succumbed to Crohn’s disease. We miss her dearly.
John Pagano, Ph.D., Graduate Student, 2006-2010, ACS Postdoctoral Fellowship with John Lis, Cornell University. Currently employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Cara Weismann, Ph.D., Postdoc, 2004-2016, Currently performing a AAAS-sponsored science policy fellowship at the NIH.
Ruth Zearfoss, Ph.D., Research Scientist, 2006-2014, Currently employed as a Scientific Editor at Cell Reports.


Former Interns

William Flaherty: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, MQP Research, 2005–2006
David Moquin: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, MQP Research, 2006-2007
Robert Stefani: Undergraduate Intern, Brown University, 2008
Kingsley Essien: Undergraduate Intern, Providence College, 2007-2010
Samantha Hay: Undergraduate Intern / Research Technician, Syracuse University, 2010-2012
Daniel Hartman: Undergradaute Intern, WPI, MQP Research, 2010-2011
Emily Johnson: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, MQP Research, Summer 2011-2013
Charlene Pizzementi: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, 2011-2012
Alyssa Donohue: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, MQP research, 2013-2014
Cedric Lawrenz: Undergraduate Intern, U. Minnesota, Summer 2014
Cole Robert: High School Intern, Doherty, Worcester, MA, Summer 2014
Marykate Duska: Undergraduate Intern, Hampshire College, 2015
Rachel Prescott: Undergraduate Intern, WPI, MQP Research, 2015-2016
Kevin Fortier: Undergraduate Intern, Framingham State, 2015-2016
Jenna Libera: Undergraduate Intern, Clark University, 2016-2017


Lab Photos


Lab Photo 2016 Ebru Kaymak Graduation Lab Photo 2015 Baseball Outing 2015 Carina Clingman Graduation RNA Society Meeting 2014 Lab Photo 2014 Brian Farley Graduation (Lab Photo 2012) John Pagano Graduation Lab Photo 2008 Lab Photo 2006