BS University of Utah
MD University of Utah College of Medicine, 1986.
PhD (Biology, Neuroscience) University of California at San Diego, 1992.
HHMI Postdoctoral Fellow UCSD, 1992
Assistant Professor, PEPR fellowship UT Southwestern 1993-1995.
Currently Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, UTSW.
Research Interests: Biochemical and neuronal mechanisms mediating olfactory behavior. We are using a combination of genetics, biochemistry, electrophysiology, cell biology and molecular biology to undertake a molecular dissection of chemosensory behavior in Drosophila. This relatively simple model system allows us to correlate expression of signal transduction molecules with specific subsets of olfactory neurons so we can understand chemical information processing by the brain. Most recently we have been focusing on pheromone signal transduction and how these special odorants elicit behavioral responses.
- UT Southwestern Medical Center , Neuroscience
- Medical School
- University of Utah (1986), Internal Medicine
- Graduate School
- Univ of California-Berkeley (1992), Biology
- Olfactory Signal Transduction Mechanisms
- Pheromone-Induced Behavior
- Odorant Responses and Courtship Behaviors Influenced by at4 Neurons in Drosophila.
- Pitts S, Pelser E, Meeks J, Smith D PLoS ONE 2016 11 9 e0162761
- Lipid flippase modulates olfactory receptor expression and odorant sensitivity in Drosophila.
- Ha TS, Xia R, Zhang H, Jin X, Smith DP Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014 May
- Activation of Pheromone-Sensitive Neurons is Mediated by Conformational Activation of Pheromone-Binding Protein
- Laughlin, J. D., Ha, T.-S., Jones, D. M. N., and Smith, D. P. Cell 2008 133 1255-1265
- Farnesol-detecting olfactory neurons in Drosophila.
- Ronderos DS, Lin CC, Potter CJ, Smith DP J. Neurosci. 2014 Mar 34 11 3959-68
- Combinatorial rules of precursor specification underlying olfactory neuron diversity.
- Li Q, Ha TS, Okuwa S, Wang Y, Wang Q, Millard SS, Smith DP, Volkan PC Curr. Biol. 2013 Dec 23 24 2481-90
- Activation of the T1 neuronal circuit is Necessary and Sufficient to Induce Sexually Dimorphic Behaviors in Drosophila
- Ronderos, D. and Smith, D. P. Journal of Neuroscience February 2010 30(7) 2595-2599
- SNMP is a Signaling Component Required for Pheromone Sensitivity in Drosophila
- Jin, X., Ha, T. S., Smith, D. P. PNAS USA 2008 105 10996-1001
- A Pheromone Receptor Mediates 11-cis-Vaccenyl Acetate Responses in Drosophila
- Ha, T.-S., Smith, D.P. J. Neuroscience 2006 26 8727-8733
- Novel Genomic cDNA Hybrids Produce Effective RNA Interference in Adult Drosophila
- Kalidas, S. and Smith, D. P. Neuron 2002 33 1-8
How Drosophila Detect Volatile Pheromones: Signaling, Circuits and Behavior. In Neurobiology of Chemical Communication
Samarpita Sengupta, Smith, DP (2014). London, CRC Press
Honors & Awards
- Elected to SWAT
Member UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers (2009)
- British Royal Entomological Society Award
Award for best manuscript published in Insect Molecular Biology (2004)
- American Heart Association, LBJ Award
Award for best grant (1995)