Gillian Lynn Ryan

Research Interests

Biological Physics

Cytoskeleton & Cellular Mechanics

Mathematical Modelling

Computer Simulations

Image Analysis

Phase Transitions

Nucleation Theory





B.S. Physics, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS 2004

M.S. Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2006

Ph.D. Physics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 2010



Assistant Professor, Kettering University, Flint, MI  2013-present

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA  2010-2013


Selected Publications

Sawako Yamashiro, Hiroaki Mizuno, Matthew B. Smith, Gillian L. Ryan, Tai Kiuchi, Dimitrios Vavylonis, and Naoki Watanabe. 2014. New single-molecule speckle microscopy reveals modification of the retrograde actin flow by focal adhesions at nanometer scales. Mol. Biol. Cell 25:1010-1024.

Gillian L. Ryan, Naoki Watanabe, and Dimitrios Vavylonis. 2013. Image Analysis Tools to Quantify Cell Shape and Protein Dynamics near the Leading Edge. Cell Structure and Function. 19:1-7.

Gillian L. Ryan, Naoki Watanabe, and Dimitrios Vavylonis. 2012. A review of models of fluctuating protrusion and retraction patterns at the leading edge of motile cells. Cytoskeleton. 69: 195-206.

Gillian L. Ryan, Heather M. Petroccia, Naoki Watanabe, and Dimitrios Vavylonis. 2012. Excitable Actin Dynamics in Lamellipodial Protrusion and Retraction. Biophysical Journal 102: 1493-1502.

A. Kayitmazer, Bonnie Quinn, Kozue Kimura, Gillian L. Ryan, Angela Tate, David Pink, and Paul Dubin. 2010. Protein Specificity of Charged Sequences in Polyanions and Heparins. Biomacromolecules. 11:3325-3331.

Gillian L. Ryan and Andrew D. Rutenberg. 2007. Clocking out: modeling phage-induced lysis of E. coli. Journal of Bacteriology. 189:4749-4755.

D.A. Pink, C.B. Hanna, B.E. Quinn, V. Levadny, G.L. Ryan, L. Filion, and A.T. Paulson. 2006. Modeling electrostatic interactions in complex soft systems. Food Research International 39:1031-1045.

Michael O. Steinitz, G. Shane MacLeod, David A. Pink, Bonnie Quinn, and Gillian L. Ryan. 2004. Magnetoelasticity and the spin rotation transition in cobalt. Canadian Journal of Physics. 82:1077-1084.

Contact Information

Email: gryan@kettering.edu

Phone: (810) 762-9919

Office: 2-323M AB