Ryan McGee, PhD

Ryan McGee, PhD

Postdoctoral research associate

Tavoni Lab

Research interests

My research seeks to understand how biological systems encode information about their environment and, in particular, how evolutionary feedbacks act on this information. My work has studied natural selection as an algorithm for acquiring genetic information, the evolution of efficient coding in sensory systems, and the roles of horizontal gene transfer and ecological interactions in shaping the flow of biological information.


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2021 PhD, Biology and Data Science, University of Washington, Seattle

2013 BS, Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2013 BA, Neuroscience, University of Southern California, Los Angeles


2016, NSF Graduate Research Fellow (GRFP) 

2019, Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award 

2020, University of Washington Biology Department Sargent Research Award

2020, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Leadership Award

Other activities

I am an instructor with the Washington University Prison Education Project.


I enjoy playing the Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic football, native wildlife gardening, and dabbling in musical instruments.