Spencer L. Smith, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator



Ikuko T. Smith, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Training:
    Postdoc, University College London, advisor Michael Hausser
    Ph.D., UCLA, advisor Stephanie White
    D.V.M., Hokkaido University 北海道大学
  • Selected awards:Helen Lyng White Fellow, Uehara Memorial Foundation Fellowship, UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, Hyde Fellowship, MIND Institute Scholars Award
  • Link: Pubmed


Jeffrey N. Stirman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

  • Training:
    Postdoc, Johns Hopkins University, advisor Denis Wirtz
    Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, advisor Hang Lu
    B.S., Arizona State University, physics
  • Selected awards:CIDD Fellowship, Sigma Xi Best Thesis Award
  • Link: Google Scholar


Leah B. Townsend

Graduate student

  • Training:
    B.S., UNC-Chapel Hill, psychology
    B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, philosophy
  • Selected awards:HHMI/UNC Program in Translational Medicine Scholar, Neurobiology Curriculum Fellowship, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Carolina Research Scholar
  • Link: Pubmed

Open positions

We are always happy to hear from highly qualified and motivated individuals who are interested in potentially joining the lab.