Ryan Coots


Ryan Coots

Ph.D Candidate
303 Biotechnology Building
Division of Nutritional Sciences
Phone: 607-254-8672
Email: rac359@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Originally from Rochester NY, I attended the nearby State University of New York at Geneseo where I earned my B.S. in Biochemistry. My undergraduate research was in yeast and the regulation of mitotic spindle orientation as it related to the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) expression. I came immediately to Cornell university where, after three rotations, I settled in Dr. Shu-Bing Qian's lab and began study on ribosomal proteins and their potential extraribosomal functions. Currently, I study the crosstalk between the amino acid-sensing GCN2 pathway and mTORC1 regulation.

Teaching and Advising Statement:

I'm passionate about STEM education.

As an educator, I approach the classroom as a time for integration of concepts and ideas that students had previously learned. I do not believe that traditional lecturing is as effective compared to alternative teaching practices that revolve around problem solving and application of knowledge.

With regard to advising and mentoring, my style is first to identify goals and expected outcomes. What is the student trying to learn? What is the student trying to get out of the experience? From there, I design experiences or advise to help students reach their goals.

Current Professional Activities:

I currently serve on the History of Nutrition Committee for the American Society of Nutrition and the BEST Advisory Board.

Current Research Activities:

GCN2 and mTORC1
For almost 20 years, scientists have observed that the GCN2 pathway (responsible for sensing amino acids) crosstalks with the PI3K pathway (mTORC1). This is important to explore and understand because the crosstalk between these two pathways links amino acid sensing with concomitant effects on translation.


Cornell University, Ph.D., 2010-2015 (anticipated)
Nutritional Sciences, Molecular Concentration
Committee Members: Dr. Shu-Bing Qian (chair), Dr. Sylvia Lee, Dr. William Brown, Dr. Martha Stipanuk

State University of New York at Geneseo, B.S., 2006-2010
B.S Biochemistry
Advisors: Dr. Harold Hoops (science), Dr. Thomas Matthews (leadership)

Courses Taught:

Guest Lectures:
Biochemistry I
mRNA Translation and ribosome structure


Acting as Graduate TA:
NS3320 Methods in Nutritional Sciences, Drs. Blaze and Solomon (Fall 2010)
NS3420 Human Anatomy and Physiology, Drs. O'Brien and Lujan (Spring 2011)
NS2750 Human Evolution and Biology, Dr. Gu (Fall 2011)

Acting as Undergraduate TA (Geneseo):
Biology I, Drs. Hoops, Briggs, Spear, and O'Donnell (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)


Selected Keywords:
GCN2, eIF2, mTOR, Translation initiation

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.