User:Ryan T. Willett

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*Laboratory of Lloyd Greene
*Laboratory of Lloyd Greene
*Columbia University - Department of Pharmacology, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior
*Columbia University - Department of Pharmacology
*New York, NY, USA  
*New York, NY, USA  
*[[Special:Emailuser/Ryan T. Willett|Contact Information]]
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Ryan T. Willett
Ryan T. Willett

I am a graduate student finishing up my PhD in the Laboratory of Lloyd Greene at Columbia University. A wide spectrum of topics and problems interest me but my work lately has been centered around combinatorial transcription factor expression and its role on cell fate selection in neural differentiation. OpenWetWare caught my attention in a writeup on DIY, howebrew biology in New Scientist magazine.


Contact Info

  • Laboratory of Lloyd Greene


  • 2010 PhD, Columbia University (finishing)
  • 2002 BS, Brandeis University - Biology
  • 2002 BA, Brandeis University - Biochemistry
  • 2000 Harvard University Medical School. Summer Fellowship in the Laboratory of T Keith Blackwell at the Center for Blood Research (now the Immune Disease Institute)


  • Brian Hoffman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies
  • Graduated with High Honors in Biology for the undergraduate thesis "Posttranscriptional Analysis of Circadian Rhythms" in the laboratory of Michael Rosbash


  • molecular biology
  • RNA/DNA/protein biochemistry
  • cell culture and generation of stable cell lines
  • dissection and primary cell culture
  • animal surgery
  • in utero electroporation of DNA into rat embryos
  • pseudotype recombinant retrovirus production and purification
  • histology

Research interests

  1. Neural Development
  2. Stem cell biology
  3. Cancer biology
  4. Genetic Engineering / Gene Therapy
  5. Bioengineering
  6. Biochemistry
  7. Bioinformatics


Biswas SC, Zhang Y, Iyirhiaro G, Willett RT, Rodriguez-Gonzalez Y, Cregan SP, Slack RS, Park DS, Greene LA. (2010) SERTAD1 Plays an Essential Role in Developmental and Pathological Neuron Death. J Neurosci 30(11):3973-3982

Malagelada C, Lopez-Toledano MA, Willett RT, Jin ZH, Shelanski ML, Greene LA. Role of RTP801 in Neural Stem Cell Maintenance and Differentiation. (in preparation)

Willett RT and Greene LA. Gata2 is Required for Neural Migration and Differentiation in the Superior Colliculus. (in preparation)

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