Ryan Suleman is a faculty member in the Biology Department at Camosun College and research scientist in Victoria, BC. He is passionate about teaching microbiology and how microplastics can affect the environment. After completing his MSc in Microbiology from the University of Lisbon, IST. His thesis work involved 3D printing human fibroblasts as a skin model to examine the treatment of chronic infections caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus utilizing nanoparticles as a delivery method for antibiotics to combat resistance.
After completing graduate school, he continued his research endeavours working with a biotech start-up looking at wound detection of bacterial infections and working with the local brewery industry in BC as a scientist. Ryan designed and set up a laboratory focusing on quality control and sustainability in the brewery industry to conduct genomic testing for bacterial contamination. Ryan believes in increasing sustainability of plastics in the brewery and laboratory setting. His previous research projects also involved working with Dengue Virus and Zika Virus detection utilizing novel gold nanoparticle strips to allow for testing capability for remote communities to access primary healthcare needs.
Ryan currently is part of the Canadian Society of Microbiology Committee for Microbiology Undergraduate Education and helps to facilitate conference meetings and gather speakers to promote scientific education within Canada.
Ryan joined the SAP in 2022 to help and share scientific expertise with Mind Your Plastics. He has a strong passion for bioplastics and as a microbiologist has a keen interest in the relationship with microplastics and the microbial environment. Ryan is an avid mountain hiker and surfer and believes in scientific education to reduce the harm of plastic pollution.