Ryan Patrick WHITACRE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Centre
Areas of expertise
  • Biotechnologies
  • Finance
  • Global health
  • Medical anthropology


Ryan Whitacre (PhD, UCSF & UC Berkeley) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Health Centre, where he traces emergent trends in the science and economics of global health. His current research aims to improve the role of finance in R&D and scale-up for medicines to treat and prevent antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Ebola, and HIV.

Before joining the Centre, he explored best practices to develop and implement novel biomedical technologies, including oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and CRISPR-Cas9 gene-edited therapies, with interdisciplinary teams at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Projects spanned upstream and downstream issues, including clinical trial design, regulation, access, insurance coverage, provider support, patient uptake, and retention in care. He also taught undergraduate and master’s level courses in anthropology, business, and global health sciences.


Selected Publications