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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) with a minor in Data Science, and is also studying to become a physician-scientist.

At UC Berkeley, Richard is heavily involved in research, and is currently studying Dengue Virus NS1 and SARS-CoV-2 Spike Pathogeneses as a Haas Scholar in the Harris Lab of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He has also previously worked at UCSF Pulmonary Immunology, UCSF Neurosurgery, the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, and USC Stem Cell.

Richard also works as a medical scribe for the startup DeepScribe, and assists clinicians across a variety of specialties, including Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Psychiatry, Neurology, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine, and Cardiology. While learning about patient outreach issues in clinical settings, he frequently tests his ideas for solutions at several health hackathons in the Bay Area, winning several, including the UCSF x MIT Hacking Medicine Grand Hack and the Human-centered Design-a-thon hosted by RKS Design.

In school, Richard is the CMO of the Medical Reallocation Initiative, a nonprofit facilitating the shipment of surplus medical supplies to sites abroad, and the President of the Translational Medicine and Stem Cell Association, a student group working with the Berkeley Stem Cell Center to support undergraduate interest in regenerative medicine and stem cell research.

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!