EDI Member Profile: Ryan Baumert

Cell Biology DEI member Ryan Baumert

Ryan Baumert

Representative, Postdoctoral Associate

Ryan is a Cell Biology postdoctoral associate investigating the roles of Huntingtin protein complexes in the maintenance of neuronal health and homeostasis in the laboratory of Dr. Cagla Eroglu at Duke University. Prior to joining the Eroglu Lab, Ryan received his bachelor’s of science degree in neuroscience from New York University, where he studied the mechanisms underlying neuronal diversity in the drosophila optic lobe as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Claude Desplan. Ryan went on to receive his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) following his work in the laboratory of Dr. Pierre McCrea. During his graduate studies, Ryan investigated the molecular signaling events and protein-protein interactions that underlie hippocampal neuron development and morphology. While pursuing his Ph.D., Ryan served as President of the GSBS Community Outreach Program and Vice President of the GSBS LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, with these positions enabling him to actively participate in events that promote outreach, inclusivity, and equity in STEM fields and institutions. Ryan remains committed to promoting diversity, inclusivity, equity, and outreach in STEM and academia.