Ryan C. Huiszoon is a Ph.D student in Bioengineering at the University in Maryland, College Park. He works in the MEMS Sensors and Actuators Lab on developing sensors for the monitoring and treatment of bacterial biofilm in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with Dr. Reza Ghodssi.
A native of Houston, Texas, Ryan graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas with a BS in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. At Southwestern, he was a Cody Scholar, regularly on the Dean’s List, and was a member of the Honor Code Council. During the summer of 2014, Ryan was awarded with a competitive National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research in Birmingham involved electrospinning polymer scaffolds to promote tissue regeneration under Dr. Ho-Wook Jun. Ryan’s senior thesis, “Characterization of Electrospun PCL/Gelatin Hybrid Scaffolds with Crater-like Structures for Tissue Engineering,” detailed his research experience at Alabama and was presented to the Southwestern physics department in May 2015.
At the University of Maryland, Ryan has attended numerous conferences and was, most recently, a Best Paper Award Finalist in the AVS 63 MEMS and NEMS Technical Group. He is currently working on several journal papers, and will give technical oral presentations at the upcoming 254th ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. and the The 21st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences in Savannah, GA, detailing his work developing a flexible platform for in situ biofilm monitoring and treatment.
Born in the Netherlands, Ryan is a dual Dutch-American citizen and has a limited working proficiency in Dutch. When Ryan isn’t in the lab, he enjoys fishing and is a avid fan of the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets.