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Milken Scholar 2018
Scholar Profile

Richard Ruan



Richard Ruan is a Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Bioengineering (Cell & Tissue Engineering), and is aiming to become a physician-scientist. He is an incoming CVDi Research Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

At UC Berkeley, Richard is currently researching Dengue Virus NS1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike viral toxin-mediated vascular leak as a Haas Scholar in the Harris Lab. He has also previously worked at UCSF Pulmonary Immunology, UCSF Neurosurgery, the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and USC Stem Cell. In his free time, Richard scribes for the AI-focused startup DeepScribe (Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Neurology, Cardiology, and more), oversees a neurobiology-focused clinical research program as part of the Translational Medicine and Stem Cell Association, directs marketing for the Medical Reallocation Initiative, and tests ideas at local health-focused hackathons.

Richard graduated as the valedictorian of West High School. He was an AP Scholar with Distinction, 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!