Prof. Alan G. Ryder is a personal professor in the School of Chemistry at the National University of Ireland–Galway. He obtained a B.Sc.(1.1) in Chemistry (1989) and PhD (1994) from NUI-Galway. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in UCC, he rejoined NUI–Galway in 1997 to work on developing quantitative Raman spectroscopic methods for measuring illicit narcotic concentrations. In 1998, awarded a Forbairt post-doctoral fellowship, he started to develop time-resolved fluorescence methods for petroleum analysis. During this time, he began building up the nucleus of the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory (NBL) and in 2003, the NBL was formally established, with a grant from Science Foundation Ireland. The group is focused on the use of optical spectroscopy for life and physical science applications.
Current research activity is mainly concerned with the development of novel analytical methodologies for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.