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Michael Smith, Ph.D. University of Texas

Michael Smith, Ph.D. University of Texas
- Professor and Faculty Senate Representative (voting)


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

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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