Ryan graduated with an M.Sc. from the Shape Analysis Group of the Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill University in Montreal. He studied computer vision, and for his thesis applied some of its ideas to better simulate fluid dynamics flows. After graduating and before joining the PNL in February 2010, he worked for a year and a half at a fast growing human resource visualization software company. He now aims to develop and enhance neuroimaging tools to aid research in schizophrenia and schizophrenia related disorders.