Nathan Smith, M.S., Ph.D.
- Director of Basic Neuroscience Research, Center for Neuroscience Research
- Principal Investigator, Center for Neuroscience Research
Nathan Smith, M.S., Ph.D., is currently Director of Basic Neuroscience Research in the Center for Neuroscience Research. He is also the first African-American Principal Investigator within his department at Children's National Research Institute and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology & Physiology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Smith earned his B.S. in Biology Premed from Xavier University of Louisiana and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Utah/Boston University and Children's National Hospital.
Dr. Smith's research focuses on neuroglia interactions. Specifically, his lab studies how neuromodulators mediate the unique interactions between neurons, astrocytes, and microglia in healthy brains and how disruptions in neuronal-glial crosstalk contribute to diseases such as learning and memory disorders, ADHD, Alzheimer's disease, and epilepsy. His research program funded by a National Institutes of Health NINDS K01 Faculty Career Development Award, a National Science Foundation Frontiers Award, the Department of Defense Army Research Award, and the Edward M. Connor Family Endowment for Innovation in Research Award.