Dr Ryan Pink

PhD MSc BSc (hons) AFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics

Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Ryan Pink


Ryan splits his time between teaching medical genomics and diagnostic technologies, researching cell biology and its changes in disease, commercial spinout and building links in medical research across Oxford. The research in his team and collaborators focuses on cancer cell communication and digital technologies and has led to international papers and patents, and starting two spinout companies.

Ryan regularly supports medical science strategy and development across Thames Valley working closely with organisations like TheHill, NHS, NIHR, Oxford University Hospitals and represented OBU at the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre and Oxford Academic Health Partners. He is heavily involved in public engagement and working with artists (dance/music/visual) communicating science leading to awards from BBC and RSA. For over a decade he has been growing the Oxford Brookes Science Bazaar family Science Festival attracting around 1500 people every year.

Teaching and supervision


Ryan enjoys teaching cell and molecular biology, disease pathology, genomic technologies and the use of digital technologies in diagnostics. He helped start the MSc Medical Genetics and Genomics, and runs the BSc Medical Genomics and MSc Advances in Medical Genetics modules. He teaches bioinformatics across the medical courses and co-founded Brookes Data Club, to help students outside of lessons develop new data skills. He has seen scores of project students go through his lab and is proactive in developing their skills for employment.


Ryan has an active research team working with other academics on how cells communicate during disease. This uses molecular biology and genomic technology to investigate how small vesicles called Exosomes can be profiled and manipulated for creating cutting edge tools for diagnostics and therapies.

Ryan has published in a range of high impact journals such as the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles, British J of Cancer, Carcinogenesis, Tumour Biology, RNA, and Gynaecological oncology. He has been successful with gaining grants, such as The Royal Society, MRC and InnovateUK, and often chairs at international conferences. The research on characterising exosomes in cancer metastasis has led to patents and a spin-out company called MetaGuideX developing a simple blood biopsy for multiple cancer types. Ryan works with collaborators internationally and helped set up the UK society for Extracellular Vesicles, of which he is a board member.



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