Ryan C. Bailey was raised in Jonesboro, Illinois, a small town in the southernmost part of the state. His interest in science was sparked at an early age by his father, who taught chemistry, physics, and calculus at his rural high school. Prof. Bailey attended Eastern Illinois University, performing undergraduate research with Drs. Richard Keiter and Giles Henderson, and received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1999. He then obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 2004 from Northwestern University, where he worked with Prof. Joseph Hupp. In graduate school, Prof. Bailey was the recipient of a Graduate Fellowship from the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry and was named a Northwestern University Presidential Fellow. He then went on to complete postdoctoral training at Caltech with Prof. James Heath and worked jointly with Dr. Leroy Hood at the Institute for Systems Biology. Prof. Bailey began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006, and was promoted to Full Professor 2015. In 2016 he moved to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan where he is currently the Robert A. Gregg Professor of Chemistry.
Prof. Bailey’s research generally focuses on the development of enabling microscale technologies for applications in precision medicine. He has a strong interest in creating highly multiplexed detection strategies for in vitro diagnostic applications and Prof. Bailey’s group has pioneered the application of silicon photonic microring resonator arrays as a versatile platform for biomolecular detection. This technology is being commercialized by Genalyte, Inc. Prof. Bailey’s group is also developing a suite of microfluidic tools for sample-limited bioanalyses with a particular emphasis on enabling low input epigenomic profiling.
Prof. Bailey has authored over 80 publications and has multiple pending and issued patents. He has mentored more than 35 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and has been recognized multiple times for teaching excellence. Prof. Bailey currently serves on the Editorial Board and is an Associate Editor for Analyst. In addition to the 2018 Benedetti-Pichler Award, Prof. Bailey’s research accomplishments have also been recognized with a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist given by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry, and the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award given by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh.