Smith, Desmond

Desmond J. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.


23-151 Center for Health Sciences

Positions & Affiliations:

Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology
Member, Brain Research Institute

Research Description:

We use the tools of modern functional genomics to dissect the pathways that connect genotype and phenotype. In particular, we seek to identify genetic mechanisms underlying complex neurobehavioral traits and their related disorders, such as obesity and addiction. We also develop new tools and technologies for the genetic analysis of mammalian cells. Our mission is to study living matter at a genome-wide level and to develop new, highly specific therapeutic strategies for common diseases.


BA, MA, University of Oxford (1981), BM BCh, Univeristy of Oxford (1987), PhD, University of Cambridge (1987)