David K. Ryugo

Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia

David K. Ryugo grew up in a small college town in California. He enjoyed sports, woodworking, hiking, and camping and was drawn to mathematics and science because of my interest in problem solving. He was an Eagle Scout. Ryugo graduated from Yale University in 1970 and after performing two years of civilian service in lieu of military service as a conscientious objector. He received his Ph.D. degree in biological sciences at the University of California, Irvine, Calif, USA in 1976. He joined the Anatomy Department at the University of Vermont, before spending 9 years on the Faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. David then spent 23 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience. In 2010, he moved to Sydney, Australia to join the Garvan Institute. His research focuses on understanding brain mechanisms of hearing in mammals by examining the structure-function relationships in neuronal circuits of the auditory system. He is especially interested in how deafness and hearing loss alter brain organization, and in understanding how synaptic plasticity mediates hearing restoration via hearing aids and cochlear implants. He is the Current Foundation Chair of neuroscience at the Garvan with a conjoint professorship at the School of Medical Sciences, University of New South Wales. He is also a Principal Honorary Fellow at the Bionics Institute in Melbourne and Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University.

Biography Updated on 24 January 2012

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