Stephen V. David
Contact information
Address:    3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, MC L335A, Portland, OR 97239
Phone:(503) 494-4369
Email:davids at ohsu dot edu
1988-92Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C.
1992-95Harvard University. A.B., magna cum laude. Applied Mathematics.
1998-04University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco. Ph.D., Bioengineering.
Professional experience
1994-96Harvard University Robotics Laboratory, Cambridge, MA.
1994-96Teaching Assistant, Mathematics Department, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
1997-98Consultant, Decision Architects, Cambridge, MA.
2004-05Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
2005-12  Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
2012-pres  Assistant Professor, Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University.
Community involvement
2001President, Bioengineering Association of Students, UCB/UCSF.
2001-presPeer reviewer for Journal of Computational Neuroscience (JCNS), Neural Computation, Trends in Neuroscience, Journal of Vision, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neurophysiology, Network, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, PLoS One, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO), PLoS Computational Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), Nature.
2002 Contributor, STRFpak (
2002-presMember, Society for Neuroscience (
2005-presCo-founder, Neurotree (
2006-presCo-founder, Neural Prediction Challenge (
2006-presMember, Association for Research in Otolaryngology (
2009-11Steering Committee, spARO (ARO Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Medical Residents).
2010Co-organizer, Cosyne workshop, Linearity and its discontents -- Is there life in a post-STRF world?.
2010Reviewer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.
2013-16Reviewer, Hearing Health Foundation.
2013Reviewer, NIH ZRG1 BBBP-T(52) Study Section.
Grants and awards
1998Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation.
2005Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing Fellowship, University of Maryland.
2006Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIDCD (F32DC008453).
2008Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship.
2009Pathway to Independence Award, NIDCD (R00 DC010439).
2014Metaknowledge Network Grant.
2015Young Faculty Award, DARPA (D15 AP00101).
2016Research Project Grant, NIDCD (R01 DC014950).
2016Geraldine Dietz Young Investigator Award, Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

L.P. Schwartz, J.F. Liénard, S.V. David (2022) Impact of gender on the formation and outcome of formal mentoring relationships in the life sciences. PLoS Biology. 20(9): e3001771. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001771 PMID: 36074782

Q. Ke, L. Liang, Y. Ding, S.V. David, D.E. Acuna. (2022) A dataset of mentorship in bioscience with semantic and demographic estimations. Scientific Data 9(1), 1-12. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-022-01578-x PMID: 35918351

C.R. Heller, S.V. David (2022) Targeted dimensionality reduction enables reliable estimation of neural population coding accuracy from trial-limited dataPloS One. 17(7): e0271136, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271136 PMID: 35862300

P. Montes-Lourido, M. Kar, S.V. David, S. Sadagopan (2021) Neuronal selectivity to complex vocalization features emerges in the superficial layers of primary auditory cortex. PLoS Biol 19(6): e3001299. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001299 PMID: 34133413

J. Lai, S.V. David. (2021) Short-term Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Learning and Evoked Activity in Auditory Cortex. eNeuro DOI: 10.1523/ENEURO.0522-20.2021 PMID: 34088737

D. Saderi, Z.P. Schwartz, C.R. Heller, J.R. Pennington, S.V. David. (2020) Dissociation of task engagement and arousal effects in auditory cortex and midbrain. Elife. 2021 Feb 11;10:e60153. DOI: 10.7554/eLife.60153 PMID: 33570493

L.A. Shaheen, S.J. Slee, S.V. David. (2021) Task Engagement Improves Neural Discriminability in the Auditory Midbrain of the Marmoset Monkey. Journal of Neuroscience. 41(2):284-297. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1112-20.2020 PMID: 33208469

C.R. Heller, Z.P. Schwartz, D. Saderi, S.V. David. (2021) Selective effects of arousal on population coding of natural sounds in primary auditory cortex. bioRxiv. 2020.08.31.276584v3 DOI: 10.1101/2020.08.31.276584

B.N. Buran, S. Elkins, J.B. Kempton, E.V. Porsov, J.V. Brigande, S.V. David. (2020) Optimizing auditory brainstem response acquisition using interleaved frequencies. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 21(3):225-242. DOI: 10.1007/s10162-020-00754-3 PMID: 32648066

D. Saderi, B.N. Buran, S.V. David. (2020) Streaming of repeated noise in primary and secondary fields of auditory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience. 40(19): 3783-3798. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2105-19.2020 PMID: 32273487

J.R. Pennington, S.V. David (2020) Complementary effects of adaptation and gain control on sound encoding in primary auditory cortex. bioRxiv. 2020.01.14.905000. DOI: 10.1101/2020.01.14.905000

Z.P. Schwartz, B.N. Buran, S.V. David. (2019) Pupil-associated states modulate excitability but not stimulus selectivity in primary auditory cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 123 (1), 191-208. DOI: 10.1152/jn.00595.2019 PMID: 31721652

M. Lopez Espejo, Z.P. Schwartz, S.V. David. (2019) Spectral tuning of adaptation supports coding of sensory context in auditory cortex. PLoS Computational Biology. 15 (10). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007430 PMID: 31626624

D. Elgueda, D. Duque, S. Radtke-Schuller, P. Yin, S.V. David , S.A. Shamma and J.B. Fritz. (2019) State-dependent encoding of sound and behavioral meaning in a tertiary region of the ferret auditory cortex. Nature Neuroscience. 22: 447–459. DOI: 10.1038/s41593-018-0317-8 PMID: 30692690

J.F. Lienard, T. Achakulvisut, D.E. Acuna, S.V. David. (2018) Intellectual synthesis in mentorship determines success in academic careers. Nature Communications. 9(1):4840. DOI: s41467-018-07034-y PMID: 30482900

K. Lu, W. Liu, P. Zan P, S.v. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2018) Implicit Memory for Complex Sounds in Higher Auditory Cortex of the Ferret. Journal of Neuroscience. 38(46):9955-9966. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2118-18.2018 PMID: 30266740

S. Bagur, M. Averseng, D. Elgueda, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, P.B. Yin, S.A. Shamma, Y. Boubenec, S. Ostojic. (2018) Go/No-Go task engagement enhances population representation of target stimuli in primary auditory cortex. Nature Communications. 9:2529. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04839-9 PMID: 29955046

Z.P. Schwartz, S.V. David (2018) Focal suppression of distractor sounds by selective attention in auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex. 28(1):323-339. PMID: 29136104

N. Ding, J.Z. Simon, S.A. Shamma, S.V. David. (2016) Encoding of natural sounds by variance of the cortical local field potential. Journal of Neurophysiology. 115(5):2389-98. PMID: 26912594

I.L. Thorson, J. Lienard, S.V. David. (2015) The essential complexity of auditory receptive fields. PLoS Computational Biology. 11(12):e1004628. PMID: 26683490

S.J. Slee. S.V. David. (2015) Rapid task-related plasticity of spectrotemporal receptive fields in the auditory midbrain. Journal of Neuroscience 35(38):13090-13102. PMID: 26400939

M.J. McGinley, S.V. David, D.A. McCormick. (2015) Cortical membrane potential signature of optimal states for sensory signal detection. Neuron. 87(1):179-92. PMID: 26074005

J.M. Stafford, B.R. Jarrett, O. Miranda-Dominguez, B.D. Mills, N. Cain, S. Mihalas, G.P. Lahvis, K.M. Lattal, S.H. Mitchell, S.V. David, J.D. Fryer, J.T. Nigg, D.A. Fair. (2014) Large-scale Topology and the Default Mode Network in the Mouse Connectome. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 111(52):18745-50. PMID: 25512496

N. Mesgarani, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2014) Mechanisms of noise robust representation of speech in primary auditory cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 111(18):6792-7 PMID: 24753585

S. Atiani*, S.V. David*, D. Elgueda, M. Locastro, S. Radtke-Schuller, S.A. Shamma, J.B. Fritz. (2014) Emergent selectivity for task-relevant stimuli in higher order auditory cortex. Neuron. 82(2): 486-99. *equal contribution. PMID: 24742467

S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2013) Integration over multiple timescales in primary auditory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience. 33(49): 19154-19166. PMID: 24305812

B. Englitz, S.V. David, M.D. Sorenson, S.A. Shamma. (2013) MANTA--An Open-Source, High Density Electrophysiology Recording Suite for MATLAB. Frontiers Neural Circuits. 7:69. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00069. PMID: 23653593

I.H. Stevenson, B.M. London, E. R. Oby, N.A. Sachs, J. Reimer, B. Englitz, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma, T.J. Blanche, K. Mizuseki, A. Zandvakili, N.G. Hatsopoulos, L.E. Miller, K.P. Kording. (2012) A statistical survey of neural coding with coupled neurons. PLoS Computational Biology. 8(11): e1002775. PMID: 23166484

S.V. David, B.Y. Hayden. (2012) Neurotree: A collaborative, graphical database of the academic genealogy of neuroscience. PLoS ONE. 7(10): e46608. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046608 PMID: 23071595

S. Klampfl, S.V. David, P. Yin, S.A. Shamma, W. Maass. (2012) A quantitative analysis of information about past and present stimuli encoded by spikes of A1 neurons. Journal of Neurophysiology. 108(5):1366-80. PMID: 22696538

N. Schinkel-Bielefeld, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma, D.A. Butts. (2012) Inferring the role of inhibition in auditory processing of complex natural stimuli. Journal of Neurophysiology. 107(12):3296-3307. PMID: 22457454

S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2012) Task reward structure shapes rapid receptive field plasticity in auditory cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. 109(6): 2150-55. PMID: 22308415

B.N. Pasley, S.V. David, N. Mesgarani, A. Flinker, S.A. Shamma, N.E. Crone, R.T. Knight, E.F. Chang. (2012) Reconstructing speech from human auditory cortex. PLoS Biology. 10(1): e1001251. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001251 PMID: 22303281

J.B. Fritz, S.V. David, S. Radtke-Schuller, P. Yin, S.A. Shamma. (2010) Adaptive, behaviorally-gated, persistent encoding of task-relevant auditory information in ferret frontal cortex. Nature Neuroscience. 13(8): 1011-9. PMID: 20622871

S.V. David, N. Malaval, S.A. Shamma. (2010) Decoupling action potential bias from cortical local field potentials. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. Epub. doi: 10.1155/2010/393019. PMID: 20169096

N. Mesgarani, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Influence of context and behavior on the population code in primary auditory cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology. 102(6):3329-3339. PMID: 19759321

S.V. David, N. Mesgarani, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Rapid synaptic depression explains nonlinear modulation of spectro-temporal tuning in primary auditory cortex by natural stimuli. Journal of Neuroscience. 29: 3374-3386. PMID: 19295144

S. Atiani, M. Elhilali, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Task difficulty and performance induce diverse adaptive patterns in gain and shape of auditory cortical receptive fields. Neuron. 61(3): 467-480. PMID: 19217382

S.V. David, B.Y. Hayden, J.A. Mazer, J.L. Gallant. (2008) Attention to stimulus features shifts spectral tuning of V4 neurons during natural vision. Neuron. 59(3): 509-521. PMID: 18701075

N. Mesgarani, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2008) Phoneme representation and classification in primary auditory cortex. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123(4): 2433-2433. PMID: 18247893

S.V. David, N. Mesgarani, S.A. Shamma. (2007) Estimating sparse spectro-temporal receptive fields with natural stimuli. Network: Computation in Neural Systems. 18(3): 191-212. PMID: 17852750

N. Mesgarani, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2007) Representation of phonemes in primary auditory cortex: How the brain analyzes speech. International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP). 4: 765-768.

K.N. Kay, S.V. David, R.J. Prenger, K.A. Hansen, J.L. Gallant. (2007) Modeling low-frequency fluctuation and hemodynamic response timecourse in event-related fMRI. Human Brain Mapping. 29(2): 142-156. PMID: 17394212

S.V. David, B.Y. Hayden, J.L. Gallant. (2006) Spectral receptive field structure explains shape selectivity in area V4. Journal of Neurophysiology. 96(6): 3492-3505. PMID: 16987926

S.V. David, J.L. Gallant. (2005) Predicting neuronal responses during natural vision. Network: Computation in Neural Systems. 16(2-3): 239-60. PMID: 16411498

S.V. David, W.E. Vinje, J.L. Gallant. (2004) Natural stimulus statistics alter the receptive field structure of V1 neurons. Journal of Neuroscience. 24(31): 6991-7006. PMID: 15295035

K.A. Hansen, S.V. David, J.L. Gallant. (2004) Parametric reverse correlation reveals spatial linearity of retinotopic human V1 BOLD response. NeuroImage. 23(1): 235-243. PMID: 15325370

R.J. Prenger, M.C.-K. Wu, S.V. David, J.L. Gallant. (2004) Nonlinear V1 responses to natural scenes revealed by neural network analysis. Neural Networks. 17: 663-679. PMID: 15288891

F.E. Theunissen, S.V. David, N.C. Singh, A. Hsu, W.E. Vinje, J.L. Gallant. (2001) Estimating spatiotemporal receptive fields of auditory and visual neurons from their responses to natural stimuli. Network: Computation in Neural Systems. 12(3): 289-316. PMID: 11563531

D.J. McFarland, L.M. McCane, S.V. David, J.R. Wolpaw. (1997) Spatial filter selection for EEG-based communication. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 103(3): 386-94. PMID: 9305287


Reviews/book chapters

S.V. David. (2018) Incorporating behavioral and sensory context into spectro-temporal models of auditory encoding. Hearing Research. 360: 107-123. doi 10.1016/j.heares.2017.12.021 PMID: 29331232

S.V. David, M. Oliver, J.L. Gallant, F.E. Theunissen. (2013) Spectro-temporal receptive fields and high-order stimulus-response functions: methods, validation and physiological mechanisms. In D. Depireux, M. Elhilali (Eds.) Handbook of Modern Techniques in Auditory Cortex. Nova Pubishers.

B. Englitz, S. Akram, S.V. David, C. Chambers, D. Pressnitzer, D. Depireux, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2013) Putting the tritone paradox into context: insights from neural population decoding and human psychophysics. Adv Exp Med Biol. 787:157-64. PMID: 23716220

J.B. Fritz, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2012) Attention and dynamic, task-related receptive field plasticity in adult auditory cortex. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Volume: Neural Correlates of Auditory Cognition, eds. Y. Cohen, R. Fay, A. Popper

J.B. Fritz, M. Elhilali, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2007) Auditory attention: Focusing the searchlight on sound. Currrent Opinion in Neurobiology. 17(4): 437-455. PMID: 17714933

J.B. Fritz, M. Elhilali, S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2007) Does attention play a role in dynamic receptive field adaptation to changing acoustic salience in A1? Hearing Research. 229(1-2): 186-203. PMID: 17329048

M. C.-K. Wu, S.V. David, J.L. Gallant. (2006) Complete functional characterization of sensory neurons by system identification. Annual Review of Neuroscience. 29: 477-505. PMID: 16776594

S.V. David. (2004) Nonlinear analysis of the neural basis for natural vision. Doctoral dissertation. University of California, Berkeley.

S.V. David. (1996) Design and testing of a natural computer input device. Undergraduate thesis. Harvard University.


Selected conference abstracts

S.V. David, R. Haefner, B. Englitz, S.A. Shamma, J.B. Fritz, J. Fiser (2012) Matching spontaneous and evoked activity in auditory cortex for natural stimuli: evidence for probabilistic inference. MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

S.V. David, B. Englitz, S.A. Shamma. Behavioral state modulates accuracy of stimulus reconstruction from single-trial neural activity in auditory cortex. (2012) MidWinter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

S.V. David, S.A. Shamma. (2010) Nonlinear temporal processing of natural sounds in auditory cortex. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN) 35.

J.B. Fritz, S.V. David, P. Yin, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Attention-driven memory for task-relevant acoustic stimuli in the frontal cortex of the ferret. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 34.

N. Mesgarani, S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Noise robust representation of speech in the primary auditory cortex. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 34.

S. Atiani, S.V. David, N. Malaval, S. Shamma. (2009) Local field potentials and single unit spiking activity: comparison of spectro-temporal tuning properties in A1. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 34.

S. Klampfl, S.V. David, P. Yin, S.A. Shamma, W. Maass. (2009) Integration of stimulus history in information conveyed by neurons in primary auditory cortex in response to tone sequences. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 34.

S.V. David, J.B. Fritz, S.A. Shamma. (2009) Local field potentials reveal cortical network activity during auditory behavior. Mid-winter meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

S.V. David, B.Y. Hayden. (2006) Neurotree: An academic genealogy of neuroscience. Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience 32.


Last updated: 2012-03-30