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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 cardiovascular disease assay development as a part of the Ellinor Lab in its collaboration with Bayer and Novo Nordisk. Richard also directs the Neuro International Collaboration, a global partnership conducting patient-relevant neurobiology clinical research.

He graduated from the UC Berkeley as a Haas Scholar and Regents' and Chancellor's Scholar, majoring in Bioengineering with a thesis on Dengue Virus NS1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike pathogeneses from the Harris Lab. His research background also includes prior roles at UCSF Pulmonary Immunology, UCSF Brain Tumor Center, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and USC Stem Cell.

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!