Ryan Hibbs graduated from Whitman College, a small liberal arts college in Washington State, with a combined degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry. During doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, he studied ligand specificity and conformational changes in an ion channel ligand binding domain under the supervision of Dr. Palmer Taylor (Department of Pharmacology). As a post-doctoral fellow, he pursued structural and functional studies of ligand-gated ion channels in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Gouaux (HHMI/Vollum Institute). He joined the faculty in the Departments of Neuroscience (primary) and Biophysics (secondary) in 2012.
The Hibbs laboratory is pursuing atomic-scale mechanisms of synaptic proteins, with a current focus on ligand-gated ion channel structure and function. We employ a multidisciplinary approach encompassing molecular biology, protein biochemistry, pharmacology, electrophysiology, x-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy.
- Whitman College (2000), Chemistry
- Graduate School
- University of California-San D (2006)
- Ion channel structure-function
- Ligand recognition
- Membrane protein structural biology
- Structural principles of distinct assemblies of the human a4ß2 nicotinic receptor.
- Walsh RM, Roh SH, Gharpure A, Morales-Perez CL, Teng J, Hibbs RE Nature 2018 May
- X-ray structure of the human a4ß2 nicotinic receptor.
- Morales-Perez CL, Noviello CM, Hibbs RE Nature 2016 Oct
- Manipulation of Subunit Stoichiometry in Heteromeric Membrane Proteins.
- Morales-Perez CL, Noviello CM, Hibbs RE Structure 2016 Mar
Honors & Awards
- Alzheimers Disease Research Grant
Friends of the Alzheimers Disease Center (2014)
- Klingenstein-Simons Award in the Neurosciences
- McKnight Scholar Award
- Chemical Research Grant
The Welch Foundation (2013)
- NIH Pathway to Independence Award
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2012)
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2007)
- Roland Robbins Pharmacology Dissertation Award
PhD Thesis, UC San Diego (2006)