Dr.Justin Smith Ph.D.

Research Interest

My research program investigates how different states of dehydration impact the neural circuits regulating stress responding and the development of psychopathology and cardiovascular disease.


Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacodynamics)
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; July, 2016
B.S. Neuroscience (Neurobiology Tract), Minor in Mathematics
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; March, 2012


Technical Skills
• Administration of viral vectors
• Behavioural assays
• Cannula implantation
• Intracerebral microinjection
• Immunohistochemistry
• In situ hybridization
• Plasma protein and sodium assays
• Radioimmunoassay
• Stereotaxic surgery
• Ovariectomy
• Neuroanatomical tract tracing
• Light and confocal microscopy
• in vivo optogenetic

Honors and Awards

American Physiological Society Travel Award 2017
University of Florida Graduate Student Council Travel Award 2013
University of Florida Graduate Student Fellowship 2012-2016
Dean’s List, University of Cincinnati 2011
S.M.A.R.T Scholarship 2009-2010