Ryan Reynolds hasn’t been asked a question he couldn’t answer at the Tutorial Services Center
at the University of St. Thomas. A senior pre-medicine biology major, Reynolds tutors students working on research papers, lab reports and general biology.
“I teach everything from meiosis to evolution,” Reynolds said. “It’s important to give back to UST because the school has given me so much.”
Reynolds tutors every morning, Monday through Thursday, and he even tutors online on the weekends. Like all students, Reynolds also worries about staying ahead with his academic work. His ambition has led him to work under Dr. Rosemarie Rosell
, Department of Biology chair, to conduct research on the effects of pollutants on fruit flies. As the team leader, Reynolds guides the group in researching toluene, a toxic ingredient in solvents, paints and other household products.
“Our research has the potential to give us insight on how pollutants work and give us data to help human health,” he said. “There hasn’t been much research on toluene, and we want to make our work available through presentations and published work.”
Recently, Reynolds traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., to present his research, titled “Developing a Method to Determine Lethal Concentration of Toluene on Drosophila melanogaster,
” at the Entomological Society of America’s national annual meeting. He presented his team’s research and was able to network with scientists from all over the world. He also had lunch with Dr. David Wolf, an astronaut, medical doctor and electrical engineer who now works to show the importance of science in higher education.
By maintaining a high GPA and working hard in the scientific community, students at UST, like Reynolds, are able to network, travel while representing the University and receive support from the University community to be successful in their careers. His varied academic and scholarly opportunities at St. Thomas have also earned Ryan admission to the University of North Texas Health Science Center
- Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
“I’m glad I’ve had all these opportunities at UST,” he said. “I think I’m more successful here than I would be at a larger school. I’ve learned so much about myself and about life here that it is only going to make my future more full.”
Never lacking in activities, Reynolds also volunteers as an emergency medical technician for his hometown of Deer Park and Ben Taub General Hospital, and he is a student in UST’s Honors Program