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Milken Scholar 2018
Scholar Profile

Richard Ruan



Richard Ruan is currently a Research Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where he works on developing assays to understand cardiovascular disease as part of the Ellinor Lab in its collaboration with Bayer. Richard also directs a program called the Neuro International Collaboration (a global partnership conducting neurobiology-focused and patient-relevant clinical research) and is shadowing physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.

He recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley as a Haas Scholar and Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar, majoring in Bioengineering with a thesis on the intersections of Dengue Virus NS1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike pathogeneses from the Harris Lab. He has also previously worked at UCSF Pulmonary Immunology, UCSF Brain Tumor Center, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and USC Stem Cell. While at Berkeley, he was also a medical scribe for multiple specialties in the AI-focused startup DeepScribe, directed marketing for a medical supply reallocation nonprofit, and tested ideas at health hackathons.

Richard graduated as the valedictorian of West High School. He was an AP Scholar, a Presidential Service Gold Award recipient, a Torrance Youth Council member, an Origami teacher, a Boys State representative, and President of his school's Science Olympiad team and Math Honor Society.

High school:  West High School


College Year Degree
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
2022 B.S. Bioengineering

News and Highlights

Richard Ruan (MS '18)

Future Physician-Scientist: Congratulations to Richard Ruan, MS ‘18, for being selected as a Berkeley Haas Scholar for his academic and community achievements. Each year, twenty highly qualified, academically talented undergraduates with financial need are selected to come together to build a supportive intellectual community during their final year at UC Berkeley. As a Haas Scholar, Richard's senior year project will be identifying host factors critical for dengue virus NS1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike pathogeneses. Congratulations again, Ruan! We are excited to see all that will emerge from your work!