Ryan Looper was born in Banbury, England in 1976. He returned to the U.S. to attend Western Washington University where he earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1998 and an M.S. degree in 1999 under the guidance of J. R. Vyvyan. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2004 at Colorado State University in the laboratories of R. M. Williams. After an NIH post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University with S. L. Schreiber, he began his independent career at the University of Utah in 2007. He is primarily interested in the synthesis of complex natural products with biomedical significance.