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Ryan Houser
Ryan Houser

Ryan Houser

Research Associate

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security


Ryan Houser is a Research Associate working on the Global Biolabs project. Ryan is investigating the national governance related to biosafety, biosecurity, and dual-use research of concern in BSL-4 countries.

Ryan completed a MS in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases and an EMPS in Emergency and Disaster Management at Georgetown University. Ryan was previously a dual-fellow at Georgetown University within the Center for Global Health Science and Security and O'Neill Institute For National And Global Health Law – Georgetown University Law Center. He is currently a fellow with Rutgers Law School at the Center On Law, Inequality And Metropolitan Equity. Ryan has additionally conducted further research with GULC’s Covid-19 Law Lab Consortium, CGHSS, New Jersey Medical School, and Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick.

Ryan has worked in various Emergency Management, first responder, and healthcare roles within his community, receiving recognition as the United States National EMT of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 2017. Ryan has extensive experience rapidly assessing and responding to emergency and crisis situations and coordinating emergency preparedness procedures.


  • Biodefense, Biosafety, and Biosecurity
  • Public Health Emergency Management
  • Global Health Security
  • International Governance
  • Health Equity
  • Disaster Medicine

Ryan’s research falls under three areas: disaster medicine, global health security; and governance.


  • Ventriculopleural shunt: Review of literature and novel ways to improve ventriculopleural shunt tolerance. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 2021; 428:117564. doi:10.1016/j.jns.2021.117564
  • Intra Action Reviews as a New Tool in Public Health Emergency Management and Pandemic Response: A Summary of Uses and Applications, 2020-2021 (Manuscript accepted)
  • NJ EMS Line of Duty Deaths: A Trend Analysis (Manuscript accepted)
  • EMS Providers’ Ability and Willingness to Respond to Bioterrorism. Int J Med Heal Sci. 2022; 16(No. 06)
  • Progress in the battle against opioid addiction. May 2021.