Associate Professor Renae Monique Ryan

Associate Professor
Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences

D06 - Blackburn Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: +61 2 9351 2669
F: +61 2 9351 3868

Research interests

Dr. Ryan's research focuses on understanding the way in which proteins move molecules across the cell membrane. In particular, she studies transporters for the neurotransmitters glutamate and glycine that play an important role in regulating normal neurotransmission in the brain. The dysfunction of these transporters has been implicated in disease states such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and ischemia following a stroke. Dr. Ryan uses a variety of biochemical and molecular techniques to try and understand the mechanism of transport and also how drugs interact with these proteins.

Current national competitive grants*


Lipid Modulation of Glycine Transporters
Vandenberg R, Ryan R
NHMRC Project Grants ($356,175 over 3 years)


The Molecular mechanism of ion-coupled transport in the brain
Ryan R
NHMRC Career Development Award ($370,000 over 5 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney

PhD and Masters' project opportunities

Molecular Dynamics of Glutamate Transporters