Ryan Staudt

Junior Commercial Translation Associate

Develops technology marketing briefs in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute to identify and foster commercial translation opportunities

PhD Candidate

Studying and validating novel inhibitors of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) accessory protein Nef

Education and Experience

Ryan is currently a Molecular Pharmacology PhD Candidate working in the lab of Dr. Tom Smithgall. As the Smithgall lab is interested in developing a new class of HIV inhibitors, Ryan’s research revolves around understanding how those inhibitors bind and interact with the virus. Ryan has been fortunate in his scientific career to work across a number of biomedical disciplines, giving him a wide base in techniques and ideas related to immunology, biochemistry, virology, biophysics, and pharmacology. However, it was his lab’s current interest in the early stages of drug development and a life-long love of scientific writing that sparked Ryan’s interest in sciVelo. He hopes that his role as a Junior Commercial Translation Associate will help him learn more about commercial translation of biomedical research and effective scientific communication.


PhD Candidate, Molecular Pharmacology, University of Pittsburgh, Expected Winter 2019
BS, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Penn State University, 2014

Research Experience

Graduate Experience, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Smithgall, Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Purified over one dozen HIV Nef proteins to help understand and improve the targeting of novel inhibitors to HIV
  • Initiated a project exploring how to disrupt HIV Nef inhibition of the SERINC5 restriction factor, and restore SERINC5’s antiviral activity
  • Studied which structural features of Nef are required to interact with the Hck kinase, a binding partner which plays a role in HIV replication
Undergraduate Experience, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University
Advisor: Dr. Pamela Hankey Giblin, Professor of Immunology
  • Explored how activation of the Ron Receptor Tyrosine Kinase impacts macrophage-driven inflammation in heart disease and breast cancer
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