Bryan Ranger is currently a Program Officer in the Global Health Division at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health – Discovery and Tools (MNCH D&T) team, he manages a portfolio of grants and investments consisting of ultrasound imaging systems, medical devices, wearables, physiological sensors, diagnostics, and AI/machine learning approaches to image analysis. In 2018, he completed his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Program as an NSF Fellow, and holds an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Bryan’s primary area of research has been in medical ultrasound imaging. While at MIT, he completed his doctoral research jointly in the Biomechatronics Group of the MIT Media Lab and the Computational Instrumentation and Device Realization Lab of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, under the mentorship of Professor Hugh Herr and Dr. Brian W. Anthony. His graduate research focused on developing ultrasound imaging technology to facilitate the design and fabrication of prosthetic interfaces. Prior to graduate school, Bryan performed research in ultrasound tomography at the Karmanos Cancer Institute/Delphinus Medical Technologies.
Broadly, Bryan is interested in biomedical design for social impact. To this end, his work focuses on initiatives related to education, research and policy-making that promote the design, implementation, and contextually appropriate use of medical technologies to address global public health challenges. While a graduate student at MIT, he taught a course at the MIT D-Lab called Prosthetics for the Developing World, was a team member of MIT Hacking Medicine, and co-founded the MIT Cost-effective Healthcare Initiative. He has also interned at the World Health Organization and USAID, and has done research in Uganda and Zambia.