Ryugo Lab - Auditory Anatomy & Physiology
Garvan Insititute of Medical Research
Lab Members
David K. Ryugo, PhD
Tan Pongstaporn, BS
Electron Microscopist
Kiera Grierson
UNSW Doctoral Student
Isabella Williams
UNSW Honours Student
Satoshi Nishitani
UNSW Honours Student
Anastasia Filimontseva
NYU Graduate/Visiting Student
Buffy Wu
UNSW Undergraduate Student
Yuliya Makeyeva, MD/PHD
Visiting Scientist
Jason Mikiel-Hunter, PhD
Visiting Scientist

Lab Alumni


Level 9 Lab 2
384 Victoria St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
ph: +61 2 9295 8288
fx: +61 2 9295 8281


David Ryugo, PhD


d.ryugo [at] garvan.org.au

I was born in Sacramento and grew up in Davis, CA. I enjoyed school, sports, and the outdoors (hiking and camping). I was an Eagle Scout. I attended Yale University, and upon graduation, spent 2 years performing alternate civilian service as a conscientious objector. I became interested in brain function during college, and have pursued this interest through graduate school at the University of California, Irvine, and in my academic and research career at the University of VermontHarvard Medical SchoolJohns Hopkins University, and the Garvan Institute.

The brain is a beautiful and mysterious subject for study. Every day involves a problem to be solved or something to discover. I am extremely lucky to work at what I love. When I'm not in the lab doing science or worrying about funding, manuscripts, and administration, I climb rocks and am learning to sail.




Garvan Institute of Medical Research
Sydney, NSW Australia

Conjoint Professor

School of Medical Sciences
University of New South Wales
Sydney, NSW Australia

Principal Honorary Fellow

Bionics Institute
Melbourne, VIC Australia

Honorary Member

ENT Department
St. Vincent's Hospital
Sydney, NSW Australia

Professor Emeritus

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD USA