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)

Research Interest

  • Ion channel structure-function
  • Membrane protein structural biology
  • Nervous system autoimmune disease
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Sensory receptor evolution


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Honors & Awards

  • Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research
    The Welch Foundation (2022)
  • Outstanding Alumnus Award
    UC San Diego (2019)
  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Grant
    Friends of the Alzheimer's 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)