Matt Smith received his Ph.D. in Neural Science from New York University. Smith’s research focuses on systems neuroengineering and understanding the brain using advanced neurotechnologies. His lab employs neurophysiological and computational approaches to study the visual system, especially on the level of individual neurons and populations. Smith has been the recipient of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award and the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, among others.

115 Mellon Institute

Neural Engineering; Exploring neurons in the brain


Ph.D., Neural Science, New York University

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CMU Engineering

NIH-funded project will get your attention

Matt Smith and Byron Yu will simultaneously record multiple regions of the brain as subjects go through the process of preparing, establishing, and maintaining attention.

CMU Engineering

How the brain’s internal states affect decision-making

By recording the activity of separate populations of neurons simultaneously, researchers have gained an unprecedented insight into how the “waxing and waning” of our mental state influences the decisions we make.