Ryan Patrick WHITACRE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Global Health Centre
Areas of expertise
  • Biotechnologies
  • Finance
  • Global health
  • Medical anthropology


Dr. Ryan Whitacre (PhD, UCSF & UC Berkeley) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, and a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Social Medicine at UC Berkeley. Through multidisciplinary inquiry and collaborative research, he aims to sharpen theory in medical anthropology, and improve practice in global public health.

Dr. Whitacre is working with Professor Vinh-Kim Nguyen on a multi-year research project examining the impact of financialization on global health through a series of pharmaceutical case studies. Based on this research he is writing on a monograph which reconceptualizes the history and future of the “global antiviral economy.” He also teaches master’s level courses in anthropology and global health.

Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, Dr. Whitacre defended his doctorate in Medical Anthropology at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco (2018), specializing in the anthropology of clinical research, public health, and pharmaceutical markets. In past work he collaborated with investigators at UCSF, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health to evaluate the development of novel biomedical technologies including oral HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and CRISPR-Cas9 gene-edited therapies.

His work has been supported by a fellowship from the U.S. National Science Foundation, research grants from the UC Berkeley, and a project grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (PI: Nguyen).



Selected Publications