Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

About

  • Ryan Pink’s lab focuses on the cell pathway and signalling of various diseases including cancer, dementia, aging and arthritis. This includes looking at the effect of extracellular vesicles on muscle and neuron development on Earth and in space. The lab focuses on cell culture models, gene expression, characterisation and function using gene knockdowns, microarray, RNAseq, Nanopore, microscopy, qPCR, Western blot, extracellular vesicle characterisation methods and biochemistry. 

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    Dr Ryan C Pink PhD MSc BSc (hons) AFHEA

    After completing an Msc in Medical Diagnostics and Molecular biology PhD on dietary linked Oesophageal cancer in developing world South Africa, he worked for industry around Europe on a 6 million Euro point-of-care early diagnostic cancer tool, which lead on to working on an early cancer diagnostic tool for the International Technology Research Institute, Taiwan. Ryan went to Oxford Brookes as a Research Fellow in 2009 to set up primary blood cell culture and gene profiling in partnership with WIMM, University of Oxford and The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Ryan is now a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics at Oxford Brookes University focusing on the effect of extracellular vesicles on muscle and neuron development on Earth and in space for which he has a patent application. His lab focuses on cell culture models, gene expression, characterisation and function (Microarray, RNAseq, Nanopore). He consults for the Biotech industry with a molecular biology technologies focus. Ryan help set up the AHSC MSc Medical Genomics course. He is the assistant manager for the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre promoting biomedical research between Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford, Oxford University Hospitals and Oxford Health NHS Trust. He is widely involved in Public Engagement projects from Art to science festivals and has presented and published his work internationally, including BBC, House of Commons, London Science Museum, Natural History Museum. For his community engagement projects he has a BBC award and made an honouree member of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

    Projects:

    • Effect of extracellular vesicles on muscle and neuron development – Funded by The Royal Society
    • Development of a cell culture and microscopy system for a space satellite – Funded by The European Space Agency in collaboration with Prof David Cullen, Space Group, Cranfield University 
    • MicroRNAs and extracellular vesicles involved in Ovarian Cancer drug resistance – Funded by The Cancer and Polio Charity