Scott Ryall, PhD
PhD, University of Toronto
BSc (Hons) (Co-op), University of Ontario Institute of Technology,
Biological Sciences Major, Organic Chemistry Minor, Psychology Minor
What’s your background?
I was born and raised 45 minutes east of Toronto in Oshawa, where I attended high school and then completed my undergraduate training in biological sciences.
In my opinion, science has the ability to make real changes for society. Whether it be in medical advancements to treat rare diseases, environmental innovations to tackle issues like global warming, alternative ways of sustaining our population like the recent work in lab-grown food, or any other of the endless possibilities, science is often at the forefront human innovation. The thought of potentially being a part of that was what drew me to science and will keep me engaged in it for years to come.
Do you have any advice for someone interested in a career in research?
Make sure that you really love it. Research at this level is not something you can commit to part-time or half-heartedly. It is extremely challenging, yet also rewarding and your love for research is what will get you through the tougher times.
What do you like to do for leisure?
I enjoy spending time with my wife and closest friends, playing/watching/debating/talking about anything and everything to do with sports (Let's go Leafs, Raps, Jays, & Pats!), reading, weight-lifting, or binge-watching The Office.
Any song or book recommendations?
The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
A Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
"I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" by Elton John
"Homegrown" by Zac Brown Band
"When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
"Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons