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David Ryugo

Professor David Ryugo

Emeritus Fellow

Professor David Ryugo grew up in a small college town in northern California that centred around agriculture. He enjoyed sports, woodworking, hiking and camping, and was drawn to mathematics and science because of his interest in problem solving. David values education, loves his work, and considers preservation of the environment mankind’s greatest challenge.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and a PhD in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine. He spent nine years on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and 23 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before retiring as professor emeritus and joining the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. His research focuses on understanding brain mechanisms of hearing, and he studies structure-function relationships in neuronal circuits of the auditory system. David is especially interested in how deafness and hearing loss alter brain organisation, and in exploring strategies for hearing restoration.


  • 2011Professor Emeritus - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore - MD
  • 2010Curran Foundation Professor - Garvan Institute - Darlinghurst - NSW
  • 2007Creighton University Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • 1991Claude Pepper Neuroscience Investigator Award - NIH/NIDCD
  • 1986Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching - Harvard Medical School - Boston - MA
  • 1976UC Irvine Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Graduate Research - Irvine - CA
  • 1963Eagle Scout - Post 199 - Davis - CA


  • 1970Bachelor of Arts (Bachelor of Arts (B.A)), PsychologyYale University, United States of America
  • 1976Doctor of Philosophy (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)), NeuroscienceUniversity of California-Irvine, United States of America