Desmond Smith

Desmond Smith

Professor, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles


Los Angeles, CA 90095 23-120 CHS
Campus - 173517
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Member, Bioinformatics GPB Home AreaBrain Research InstituteGenetics & Genomics GPB Home AreaMolecular Pharmacology GPB Home AreaNeuroscience GPB Home Area

Research Interests

We are developing experimental tools to extract biological meaning from the flood of information being produced by the genome projects. One major effort is devoted toward creating comprehensive atlases of gene and protein expression in the mammalian brain. Other projects are aimed towards identifying behavioral genes in the mouse and dissecting gene regulatory networks.


Desmond Smith’s first degree was in Physics from Oxford University, England. He went on to obtain a PhD from Cambridge University in Molecular Biology and a medical degree from Oxford University. After postgraduate medical training in the UK, Dr Smith went to Harvard University to do a postdoctoral fellowship in Drosophila genetics and another postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in mouse genetics. Dr Smith is currently a Professor at the Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology at UCLA.