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Michael Smith, Ph.D. University of Texas
Michael Smith, Ph.D. University of Texas
- Professor and Department Chair

BIOL 120 Introductory Biology

BIOL 335 Neurobiology

BIOL 545 Animal Communication


Auditory Neurobiology and Bioacoustics of Fishes

Research in my lab uses electrophysiological, behavioral, molecular, and morphological analysis to understand processes related to hearing in teleost fishes.  Projects in my lab examine the teleost auditory system in biomedical, environmental, and ecological/evolutionary contexts.  Current projects include examining gene expression patterns during the process of sensory hair cell regeneration in the zebrafish inner ear, developing predictive models of hearing loss in fishes, understanding the tonotopic organization of the fish ear, studying sound localization abilities in fishes, and describing unique morphological features of the peripheral auditory structures of loricariid catfishes.


Ph.D. 2001 Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin

B.S., M.S. 1994, 1996 Zoology, Brigham Young University

Selected Publications

Monroe, J.D., Moolani, S.A.*, Irihamye, E.N.*, Johnston, A.M.*, Smith, M.E.  In press. Effects of L-serine against cisplatin-mediated reactive oxygen species generation in zebrafish vestibular tissue culture and HEI-OC1 auditory hybridoma cells. Toxicology Research.

Huskey, S., Tegge, S.M.*, Anderson, C.V., Smith, M.E., and Barnett, K.  2019. Gular pouch diversity in the Chamaeleonidae.  The Anatomical Record 2019:1-14. https://doi.org/ 10.1002/ar.24313

Monroe, J.D., Hodzic, D.*, Millay, M.H.*, Patty, B.G.*, Smith, M.E.  2019.  Anti-cancer and ototoxicity characteristics of the curcuminoids, CLEFMA and EF24, in combination with cisplatin. Molecules 24:3889.   https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24213889

Monroe, J.D., Belekov, E.*, Er, A.O., Smith, M.E.  2019.  Anti-cancer photodynamic therapy properties of sulfur-doped graphene quantum dot and methylene blue preparations in MCF-7 breast cancer cell culture. Photochemistry and Photobiology (Epub ahead of print published June 22, 2019). https://doi.org/10.1111/php.13136

Monroe, J.D., Millay, M.H.*, Patty, B.G.*, Smith, M.E.  2018. The curcuminoid, EF-24, reduces cisplatin-mediated reactive oxygen species in zebrafish inner ear auditory and vestibular tissues. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience 57:152-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocn.2018.09.002

Kholikov, K.*, Ilhom, S.*, Sajjad, M., Smith, M.E., Monroe, J.D., San, O., Er, A.O.  2018.  Improved singlet oxygen generation and antimicrobial activity of sulfur-doped graphene quantum dots coupled with methylene blue for photodynamic therapy applications. Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy 24: 7-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdpdt.2018.08.011.

Monroe, J.D., Hruska, H.L.*, Ruggles, H.K.*, Williams, K.M., Smith, M.E.  2018.  Anti-cancer characteristics and ototoxicity of platinum(II) amine complexes with only one leaving ligand. PLoS ONE 13(3):e0192505. https://doi.org/10.137/journal.pone.0192505.

Smith, M.E., Weller, K.K.*, Kynard, B., Sato, Y., Godinho, A.L.  2018. Mating calls of three prochilodontid fish species from Brazil. Environmental Biology of Fishes 101:327-339. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-017-0701-3.

Monroe, J.D., Manning, D.*, Uribe, P.*, Bhandiwad, A.*, Sisneros, J.A., Smith, M.E., Coffin, A.  2016. Hearing sensitivity differs between zebrafish lines used in auditory research. Hearing Research 341:220-231.

Smith, M.E., Groves, A.K., and Coffin, A.B.  2016.  Editorial: Sensory hair cell death and regeneration. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 10:208. doi:10.3389/fncel.2016.00208.

Smith, M.E., Monroe, J.D.  2016.  Causes and consequences of sensory hair cell damage and recovery in fishes.  Pp. 395-419. In: Sisneros J (ed) Fish hearing and bioacoustics: An anthology in honor of Arthur N. Popper and Richard R. Fay. Springer, New York. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-21059-9.

Smith, M.E.  2016. The relationship between hair cell loss and hearing loss in fishes. Pp. 1079-1086. In: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Popper, A.N. and Hawkins, A. (Eds.). Springer-Verlag.

Monroe, J.D., Rajadinakaran, G.*, and Smith, M.E. 2015. Sensory hair cell death and regeneration in fishes.  Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 9:131.

Smith, M.E. and Rajadinakaran, G.  2013. The transcriptomics to proteomics of hair cell regeneration: Looking for a hair cell in a haystack.  Microarrays 2(3):186-207.

Casper, B., Smith, M.E., Halvorsen, M., Sun, H., Carlson, T., and Popper, A.N.  In press. Effects of exposure to pile driving sounds on fish inner ear tissues.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A.

Uribe, P.M.*, Sun, H., Wang, K., Asuncion, J.D., Wang, Q., Steyger, P.S., Smith, M.E., and Matsui, J.I.  2013. Aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death of inner ear organs causes functional deficits in adult zebrafish (Danio rerio).  PLoS ONE 8(3): e58755. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058755.

Smith, M.E.  2012. Predicting hearing loss in fishes.  Pp. 259-262. In: The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Popper, A.N. and Hawkins, A. (Eds.). Springer-Verlag.

Schuck, J.B., Sun, H., Penberthy, W.T., Cooper, N.G.F., Li, X., and Smith, M.E.  2011.  Transcriptomic analysis of the zebrafish inner ear points to growth hormone mediated regeneration following acoustic trauma. BMC Neuroscience 12: 88, Doi:10.1186/1471-2202-12-88.

Sun, H., Lin, C-H.*, and Smith, M.E.  2011.  Growth hormone promotes hair cell regeneration in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) inner ear following acoustic trauma. PLoS ONE 6 (11): e28372. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0028372.

Smith, M.E., Schuck, J.B., Gilley, R.R., and Rogers, B.D.  2011.  Structural and functional effects of acoustic exposure in goldfish: evidence for tonotopy in the teleost saccule.  BMC Neuroscience 12:19, Doi:10.1186/1471-2202-12-19.

Schuck, J.B. and Smith, M.E.  2009.  Cell proliferation follows acoustically-induced hair cell bundle loss in the zebrafish saccule.  Hearing Research 253:67-76.

Wysocki, L.E., Davidson, J., Smith, M.E., Popper, A.N., Frankel, A., Ellison, W.,Welch, T., Ford, F., Bebak-Williams, J.  2007. The effects of aquaculture noise on the growth, survival and hearing of rainbow trout. Aquaculture 272:687-697.

Oxman, D., R. Barnett-Johnson, Smith, M.E., A.B. Coffin, D.L. Miller, R. Josephson, and A.N. Popper.  2007. The effect of vaterite deposition on otolith morphology, sound reception and inner ear sensory epithelia in hatchery-reared Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1469-1478.

Popper, A.N., M.B. Halvorsen, A.S. Kane, D. Miller, M.E. Smith, J. Song, P. Stein, and L.E. Wysocki.  2007. The effects of high-intensity, low-frequency active sonar on rainbow trout. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122(1):623-635.

Smith, M.E., Coffin, A.B., Miller, D.L., and Popper, A.N.  2006. Anatomical and functional recovery of the goldfish (Carrasius auratus) ear following noise exposure. Journal of Experimental Biology 209:4193-4202.

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