Ryan Bell Patent Agent Trainee

Speaks:  English

Primary office:  Ottawa

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Ryan Bell

Ryan Bell is a patent agent trainee in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising in the Intellectual Property Group. He works alongside patent agents in the Life Sciences Group, assisting them with drafting and prosecuting applications in the areas of biotechnology, life sciences, microbiology, pharmaceutical and chemical formulations, diagnostics and medical devices.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Ryan was a research associate at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). His research focused on cancer etiology, myogenesis and muscle stem cell fate determination. Ryan’s work has been published in highly regarded journals such as Cell Death and Differentiation, Skeletal Muscle and Cell Discovery.

In addition to his research at the OHRI, Ryan started his own scientific editing company, Excision Editing, where he helped scientists around the globe prepare their scientific documents for publication. He also taught at the college and university levels in various fields, including organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

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Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2014

    • Education
      Carleton University, PhD Chemistry
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      NSERC Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship (2012-2014)
  • 2008

    • Education
      Carleton University, MSc Biology
  • 2006

    • Education
      Carleton University, BSc Biochemistry


  • Larsen BD, Benada J, Yung PYK, Bell RAV, Pappas G, Urban V, Ahlskog JK, Kuo TT, Janscak P, Megeney LA, Elsässer SJ, Bartek J, Sørensen CS. Cancer cells use self-inflicted DNA breaks to evade growth limits imposed by genotoxic stress. Science. 2022 Apr 29;376(6592):476-483. doi: 10.1126/science.abi6378. Epub 2022 Apr 28. PMID: 35482866.
  • Bell, R.A.V. and Storey, K.B., “Stable suppression of skeletal muscle fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase during ground squirrel hibernation: Potential implications of reversible acetylation as a regulatory mechanism. Cryobiology,” Online ahead of print DOI: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2021.07.006, 2021.
  • Bell, R.A.V. and Storey, K.B., “Purification and characterization of skeletal muscle pyruvate kinase from the hibernating ground squirrel, Urocitellus richardsonii: potential regulation by posttranslational modification during torpor,” Mol Cell Biochem. DOI: 10.1007/s11010-017-3192-9, 2018.
  • Bell, R.A.V. and Megeney, L.A, “Evolution of caspase-mediated cell death and differentiation: twins separated at birth,” Cell Death Diff. DOI: 10.1038/cdd.2017.37, 2017.
  • Bell, R.A.V., Al-Khalaf, M.H., and Megeney, L.A., “The beneficial role of proteolysis in skeletal muscle growth and stress adaptation,” Skeletal Muscle DOI: 10.1186/s13395-016-0086-6, 2016.
  • Al-Khalaf, M.H., Blake, L.E., Larsen, B.D., Bell, R.A.V., Brunette, S., Parks, R.J., Rudnicki, M.A., McKinnon, P.J., Dilworth, J.F., and Megeney, L.A., “Temporal activation of XRCC1-mediated DNA repair is essential for muscle differentiation,” Cell Disc. 1: doi:10.1038/celldisc.2015.41, 2016.