David W. Raible, PhD



David W. Raible, PhD, is the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Chair in Basic Hearing Science and professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is also joint professor in the Department of Biological Structure and adjunct professor in the Departments of Biology and Genome Sciences. Dr. Raible received his B.A./B.S. degrees from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with F. Arthur McMorris. He did postdoctoral training with Jonathan Raper at Penn and with Judith Eisen at the University of Oregon. He joined the faculty at the University of Washington as assistant professor in 1995 and was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and professor in 2006. He joined the department in 2021.

Current CV


Undergraduate: Cornell University, B.A./B.S., 1983

Graduate: University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1989

Fellowship: Postdoctoral Research, University of Pennsylvania, 1990; University of Oregon, 1991-1995

Membership: Society for Neuroscience, Society for Developmental Biology, International Zebrafish Society, Association for Research in Otolaryngology


Awards and Honors

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Chair in Basic Hearing ScienceVisiting Professor, Institut Universaire de FranceScience in Medicine New InvestigatorNeuromuscular Disease Research Fellow, MDAFlexner Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Neuroscience

Recent Publications

Beaulieu MO, Raible DW. Losing the license to regenerate hair cells., Dev Cell 2021 09; 56(17):2402-2404

Davis SN, Wu P, Camci ED, Simon JA, Rubel EW, Raible DW. Chloroquine kills hair cells in zebrafish lateral line and murine cochlear cultures: Implications for ototoxicity., Hear Res 2020 09; 395108019

Kitcher SR, Kirkwood NK, Camci ED, Wu P, Gibson RM, Redila VA, Simon JA, Rubel EW, Raible DW, Richardson GP, Kros CJ. ORC-13661 protects sensory hair cells from aminoglycoside and cisplatin ototoxicity., JCI Insight 2019 08; 4(15):

Lewis VM, Saunders LM, Larson TA, Bain EJ, Sturiale SL, Gur D, Chowdhury S, Flynn JD, Allen MC, Deheyn DD, Lee JC, Simon JA, Lippincott-Schwartz J, Raible DW, Parichy DM. Fate plasticity and reprogramming in genetically distinct populations of leucophores., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2019 06; 116(24):11806-11811

Thomas ED, Raible DW. Distinct progenitor populations mediate regeneration in the zebrafish lateral line., Elife 2019 03; 8

Research Areas

Research Focus

Dr. Raible's lab investigates zebrafish as a model for hearing loss, for understanding hair cell development, death and regeneration.