Matthew A. Smith, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Visual Neuroscience Laboratory
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Academic Affiliation

2003-2007 Postdoctoral associate, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

2007-2010 Postdoctoral associate, Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

2011-present Assistant Professor, Depts of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering, Fox Center for Vision Restoration, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA.

Education & Training

  • New York University, New York, NY, 2003, Neural Science, Ph.D.
  • Canisius College, Buffalo, NY, 1997, Biology and Psychology, B.S. (summa cum laude)

Representative Publications

  1. Snyder AC, Morais MJ, Smith MA (2013) Variance in population firing rate as a measure of slow time-scale correlation. Front Comput Neurosci, 7: 176
  2. Smith MA, Sommer MA (2013) Spatial and temporal scales of correlation in macaque V4. J Neurosci, 33: 5422–5432
  3. Smith MA, Jia X, Zandvakili A, Kohn A (2013) Laminar dependence of neuronal correlations in visual cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 109: 940–947
  4. Jia X, Smith MA, Kohn A (2011) Stimulus selectivity and spatial coherence of gamma components of the local field potential. J Neurosci, 31: 9390–9403
  5. Kelly RC, Smith MA, Kass RE, Lee TS (2010) Local field potentials indicate network state and account for neuronal response variability. J Comp Neurosci, 29: 567–579
  6. Smith MA, Kohn A (2008) Spatial and temporal scales of neuronal correlation in primary visual cortex. J Neurosci, 28: 12591–12603

Research Interests

Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

Research Grants

RPB Career Development Award (PI: Matthew Smith), 1/1/2012–2/28/2016
The interaction between eye movements and visual attention

NIH R01 EY022928 (PI: Matthew Smith), 02/01/2014–01/31/2019
Dynamic mechanisms of active vision in prefrontal cortex