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
- 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)