Matthew Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Dr. Smith received a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY (1997) and a PhD in Neural Science from New York University (2003).

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral associate (2007–2010)
  • Advisor: Marc Sommer, PhD; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Postdoctoral associate (2003–2007)
  • Advisor: Tai Sing Lee, PhD; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Graduate assistant (1997–2003)
  • Advisor: J Anthony Movshon, PhD; New York University, New York, NY

Recent Honors & Awards

  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (EY018894, 2009–present)
  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship (EY015958, 2004–2007)
  • NYU Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (2001–2002)
  • Honorable Mention - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (1998)
  • Canisius College Psychology Department Student of the Year Award (1996–1997)
  • Hearst Foundation Research Assistantship (1995–1997)
  • Hughes Foundation Research Assistantship (1994–1995)
  • Alpha Sigma Nu, Psi Chi, and Beta Beta Beta National Honor Societies

Selected Publications

Research Reports

Reviews, Chapters and Letters

  • Smith MA, Majaj N, Movshon JA (2010) Dynamics of pattern motion computation. In Dynamics of Visual Motion Processing: Neuronal, Behavioral and Computational Approaches, eds. G Massonand U Ilg. Springer.
  • Kohn A, Zandvakili A, Smith MA (2009) Correlations and brain states: from electrophysiology to functional imaging. Curr Opin Neurobiol, 19: 434–438.
  • Kelly RC*, Smith MA*, Samonds JM, Kohn A, Bonds AB, Movshon JA, Lee TS (2007) Comparison of recordings from microelectrode arrays and single electrodes in visual cortex. J Neurosci, 27: 261–264 [*contributed equally to this work]
  • Smith MA (2006) Surround suppression in the early visual system. J Neurosci, 26: 3624–3625
  • Movshon JA, Albright TD, Stoner GR, Majaj N, Smith MA (2003) Cortical responses to visual motion in alert and anesthetized monkeys. Nat Neurosci, 6: 3