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Michaela Robbie Ryan, PhD
phone:  404-323-1737



Since 2006, I have applied my background in biomedical research to science and medical writing for continuing medical education (CME) and non-commercial projects. I excel at producing well-written and well-researched products for my clients that are both on time and on budget.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

Immunology/Allergy/Autoimmune Diseases
Bone Biology/Osteoporosis


      Scripts and content for slide decks

eeds assessments
     Abstract reviews/summaries
eeting summaries
     Case studies

     Authored numerous scientific manuscripts
Authored successfully funded NIH grant proposal    

     Recent clients
include Expert Consult (Elsevier), Clinical Advances in
     Hematology & Oncology, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Sui Generis Health,
     and CoreCreate.

      References and writing samples are available upon request



     Post-Doctoral Fellow, Division of Endocrinology,  Emory University
     September 2003-July 2006. 
Area of research:  Immunology/Endocrinology

Authored scientific manuscripts
Designed and analyzed scientific experiments
Developed and submitted successfully funded NIH grant proposal
Edited manuscripts and grant proposals for colleagues and supervisors
Facilitated collaborations across the university
Presented research findings at international meetings

     Doctoral Candidate, Department of Pathology, Emory University
     September 1999-July 2003.  
Area of research: Immunology/Autoimmune disease

Authored scientific manuscripts
Designed and analyzed scientific experiments
Delivered oral presentations of research findings
Presented posters at national scientific meetings
Edited manuscripts and grant proposals for colleagues
Taught medical microbiology to medical students
Authored doctoral dissertation


     Ph.D. in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, Emory University
     Atlanta, GA, July 2003                                   

     B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (cum laude), Bucknell University
     Lewisburg, PA, May 1998



     Communication: Science/medical writing, editing grant proposals and scientific
     manuscripts, public speaking, oral and poster presentations
     Computer: Adobe Acrobat, MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Endnote



     2006 NIH/NIDDK K01 Grant Award
     Member - American Medical Writers Association



Robbie-Ryan, M.,
Tanzola, M. B., Secor, V. H., and Brown, M. A. (2003). Cutting edge: Both activating and inhibitory Fc receptors expressed on mast cells regulate experimental allergic encephalomyelitis disease severity. J Immunol 170: 1630-1634.  PDF

Tanzola*, M.B., Robbie-Ryan*, M.,
Gutekunst, C.A., and Brown, M.A. (2003). Mast cells exert effects outside the central nervous system to influence experimental allergic encephalomyelitis disease course. J Immunol 171:4385-4391.
*Co-first author  PDF

Robbie-Ryan, M.,
and Brown, M.A. (2002). The role of mast cells in allergy and autoimmunity. Curr Opin Immunol 14: 728-733.  PDF

Brown, M.A., Tanzola, M., and Robbie-Ryan, M. (2002). Mechanisms underlying mast cell influence on EAE disease course. Mol Immunol 38: 1373.  PDF

Gregory*, G.D.,  Robbie-Ryan, M.*, Secor, V.H., Sabatino, J., and Brown M.A. (2005).  Mast cells are required for optimal autoreactive T cell responses in a murine model of Multiple Sclerosis.  Eur J Immunol 35: 3478.
*Co-first author  PDF

Gregory, G.D.,  Bickford, A., Robbie-Ryan, M., Tanzola, M., and Brown M.A. (2005).   MASTering the immune response: mast cells and autoimmunity.  Novartis Found Symp.  271: 215.  

Robbie Ryan, M
., Shepherd, R., Leavey, J., Gao, Y., Grassi, F., Schnell, F.J., Qian, W. -P., Kersh, G.J., Weitzmann, M.N., and Pacifici, R.  (2005).  An IL-7-dependent rebound in thymic T cell output contributes to the bone loss induced by estrogen deficiency.  Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 102:16735.  PDF  

Robbie-Ryan, M., Pacifici, R., and M.N. Weitzmann.  (2006).  IL-7 drives T cell-mediated bone loss following ovariectomy.  Ann NY Acad Sci.  1068: 348.  PDF

Gao, Y., Grassi, F., Ryan, M.R., Teruchi, M., Page, K., Yang, X., Weitzmann, M.N., and Pacifici R.  (2007).  IFN-gamma stimulates osteoclast formation and bone loss in vivo via antigen-driven T cell activation.  J Clin Invest 117:122.  PDF



Ryan, M., Leavey, J.K., Grassi, F., Qian, Dark, K., W., Weitzmann, M.N., and R. Pacifici.  IL-7 drives increased thymic output and peripheral expansion of TNF producing T cells:  A novel mechanism by which estrogen deficiency causes bone loss.  The Endocrine Society Annual Meeting.  June 2004.  New Orleans, LA 

Ryan, M., Grassi, F., Qian, W., Weitzmann, M.N., and R. Pacifici.  Estrogen represses hematopoietic stem cell proliferation, thymopoiesis, thymic output, and T cell peripheral expansion through IL-7.  ASMBR Annual Meeting.  October 2004.  Seattle, WA.

Ryan, M., Qian, W., Weitzmann, M.N., and R. Pacifici. Increased Thymic T Cell Output Accounts for 50% of the Acute Bone Loss Induced by Ovariectomy.  ASBMR Annual Meeting. September 2005. Nashville, TN.

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