Discovered by Blake in the weapons laboratory lobby, he and his equally paranoid colleague Stolls held each other at gunpoint. Another man, Cohen had been allowed by Ryan to fetch medical supplies and had not returned, much to Stolls' concern. With Blake's intervention, Ryan was revealed to be an imposter while Stolls was proved to be human.
Journal entries indicate that Ryan was working on an 'anti-thing virus' along with Stolls and Cohen. While their superior commends Stolls' impeccable work, he or she notes that Ryan is picking up the new technology at a reasonable pace. Despite various Thing-related 'incidents' in the laboratory, it is noted that Ryan is the only researcher who appears to be in good spirits - indicating that he may have been infected for quite some time.