Dr. Matthew Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh. He also holds secondary affiliations in the Department of Bioengineering, the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Fox Center for Vision Restoration. Dr. Smith is also the Director of the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory, which uses neurophysiological and computational approaches to study the primate visual system. Specifically, Dr. Smith’s team is interested in the dynamics of visual processing at the level of individual neurons and populations, and they try to relate cortical circuits to visual perception using a range of experimental approaches.
Dr. Smith graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College with a degree in Biology and Psychology and minors in Animal Behavior, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, and Neuroscience. He went to New York University, where he earned his PhD in Neural Science. He became a Postdoctoral Associate at first Carnegie Mellon University and then the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Smith is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, the Vision Sciences Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Neurophysiology, and as a referee for numerous publications, including but not limited to, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Cerebral Cortex, and PLoS Biology.
View a list of Dr. Smith’s publications here.