Dr. Ryan Tewhey is a human geneticist with expertise in developing large-scale screening methods to understand how genetic variation impacts human traits and disease. His primary focus is the investigation of non-coding regions of the genome that control gene expression. He has pioneered the use of massively parallel reporter assays (MPRA) and CRISPR based screens of non-coding regions to identify causal alleles from genome wide association studies and understanding how these polymorphisms modulate disease risk. His time is evenly divided between experimental and computational approaches.
Ryan is currently an assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor and holds appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and The University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, Orono and received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego while carrying out work at The Scripps Research Translational Institute. He completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard University and The Broad Institute. His awards include Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30, NSF/A-STAR EAPSI fellow, the Charles J. Epstein Award for Research Excellence by the American Society of Human Genetics, and an NHGRI Pathway to Independence Award.