Ryan Cupo is a graduate student in the Pharmacology Graduate Group. He graduated from Alvernia University with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics in 2015. During his undergraduate education, Ryan spent time in Gyorgy Hajnoczky's lab and Jim Eberwine's lab. Ryan is a Philadelphia Flyers fan and enjoys being outdoors, reading, and eating in his free time. In 2018, Ryan was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Aging (NIA).


Eisner, V.*, R.R. Cupo*, E. Gao, G. Csordás, W.S. Slovinsky, M. Paillard, L. Cheng, J. Ibetti, S. R.W. Chen, J.K. Chuprun, J.B. Hoek, W.J. Koch, and G. Hajnóczky. (2017). Mitochondrial fusion dynamics is robust in the heart and depends on calcium oscillations and contractile activity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617288114 pdf file link (*Co-first author).

Lavorato, M., V.R. Iyer, D. Williams, R.R. Cupo, V. Debattisti, L. Gomez, S. De la Fuente, Y-T. Zhao, H.H. Valdivia, G. Hajnóczky, and C. Franzini-Armstrong. (2017). Increased mitochondrial nanotunneling activity, induced by calcium imbalance, affects intermitochondrial matrix exchanges. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617788113 pdf file link






Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
University of Pennsylvania