Dr. Ruth I. Johnson
Office:  860 685 2963

Ruth completed her B.Sc. at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and Ph.D. with Sarah Bray at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She was a post-doctoral research fellow with Ross Cagan at Washington University School of Medicine and Mount Sinai School of Medicine before joining Wesleyan to establish her research group in July 2011. Ruth is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department, and College of Integrative Sciences.

Current graduate students

Abhi Bhattarai (since Fall 2021)

Current undergraduate students

Joshua Woo (since Spring 2020)

Nilukshi Chen (since Fall 2021)

Clay Collisson (since Fall 2021)

Farah Hasanain (since Fall 2022)

Tess Lepeska-True (since Fall 2022)

Lab Alums

Jaxon Kim (2019-2021) – now a Real Estate Investment Banking Analyst, Chatham Financial

Miles DeAngelis (PhD, 2015-2020) –  now a Research Scientist, InveniAI

Kayla Jaikaran (2019-2021) – now a Clinical Research Assistant, Yale

Calvin Coffey (2018-2020) – twitch content creator

Emily McGhie (2017-2021) – now a Medical Assistant, Harvard

Abigail Matlack (2017-2019) – completing DO training, Western University of Health Sciences

Arielle Ashley (2016-2019) – completing MD training, St George’s University

Harold Pang (2017) – now a Research Study Assistant, Boston University

Henry Bushnell (2014-2017) – now a PhD Student, Dept of Genetics, Harvard

Redwan Bhuiyan (2015-2016) – pursuing MD-PhD at UCONN School of Medicine.

Kwami Ketosugbo (MA, 2015-2016) – now a Clinical Research Coordinator

Liane Yun (2016) – now a UX/UI Strategist, Webster Bank

Lily Martin (2013) – now a Naturopathic Physician

Richard Choe (2013-2014) – now an MD (general surgery)

Laura deJonge (Masters, 2013-2014) – now a Research Scientist, Immunologin

Christina Feiler (MA, 2012-2013) – now a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Germany.

Sam van Rensburg (MA, 2013-2015) – now a Nurse Practitioner

Mark Hellerman (2012-2014) – now an MD (internal medicine)

Dana Drost (2012-2013) – now a Claims Generalist (Progressive Insurance)

Hannah Yasin (2011-2015) – now an MD (family medicine)

Ethan Moritz (2011) – now an MD (otolaryngology)

Do you want to join the Johnson Lab?

Undergraduates that would like to participate in our research program should contact Ruth Johnson (  In your email please briefly explain why research is important to your development as a young scientist; what topics in biology are most interesting to you and which courses you completed at Wesleyan that have prepared you for research in our Lab.  Attach an (unofficial) copy of your transcript.

Students interested in joining Wesleyan’s exclusive PhD program should see and contact Ruth to discuss PhD opportunities in her lab.