Ryan A. Colyer


I'm a 44 year old physicist and computer scientist with a background in computational method development, statistical analysis, fluorescence microscopy, digital electronics, and biophysics. My work tends to be interdisciplinary, bringing these diverse areas together for the research and development of new approaches and new devices.


I'm currently working as a Scientific Programmer at the University of Pennsylvania in the Computational Memory Lab, working on human brain stimulation and EEG acquisition, and studying the dynamics of human memory. Prior to this I was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Cabrini University engaged in teaching and research, and before that I held a software engineering position at a biotech startup, developing analysis and control software for a new ellipsometry imaging device. During my 3+ year postdoc in the Weiss Lab at UCLA I worked on a variety of projects. One of these involved the ongoing development of a widefield photon-counting lifetime imaging detector. Another consisted of developing a novel approach to high-throughput single-molecule spectroscopy. And a third involved the development of a new super-resolution approach called SOFI. More details about these are available on my research interests page.

Personal Life

I have two children, a 15 year old named Leo, and an 8 year old named Niels. In the spare time I can find, I enjoy 3D model design for 3D printing, and working on the OpenSCAD project. I am also a hobbyist painter.