Dr. Spencer Smith will join the UNC Neuroscience Center's Faculty.
Spencer received his B.S. from the University of Iowa in Physics and Mathematics and his PhD at UCLA in Neuroscience and Neuroengineering. He did a postdoctoral fellowship with Josh Trachtenberg at UCLA and a second postdoc at the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research in London with Dr. Michael Häusser. Spencer will use 2-photon imaging of visual cortex in living mice to assess ensemble neural activity. Spencer's spouse, Ikuko Teramitsu, is also an accomplished neuroscientist and will work with him on joint projects.
Spencer will have appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology and the UNC Neuroscience Center. His expected start date is July 1, 2011.