Lab
members

PHD

Monique
Smith

Principal
Investigator

PHD

Ben
Rein

Postdoc Collaborator (Malenka lab)

MA

Parnaz
Boroon

Lab Manager

BA

Mariya Kamilla
Iskakova

Post Bac Researcher

STUDENT

Isabella
Lekander

USD Undergraduate
Researcher

STUDENT

Mikaela Kjenaas

UCSD Undergraduate Researcher

ESA

Mango Smith

PHD

Marcelo
Aguilar-Rivera

Project
Scientist

MS

Jie
Zhang

PhD Student

BA

Sabrena
Tuy

Administrative Technician

STUDENT

Gunraj
Singh

UCSD Undergraduate Researcher

STUDENT

Darleen Salameh

UCSD Undergraduate Researcher

STUDENT

Kamryn
Conway

UCSD Undergraduate Researcher

Past lab
members

Elysee Velma

Julia Johnson

Mychaela Thomas

Nicole Dorn

Erin Jones

Cassidy Bates

cali boustani

Samara Ayoob-Ahmad

Christine Wu

andre Battikha

We are hiring

We are looking for enthusiastic, driven individuals to join our team. We encourage applications from those interested in exploring the neurobiological relationships between social behavior, pain, and emotion. We use cutting-edge neuroscience techniques in rodent models to probe and manipulate neural activity in real-time.

Post docs

To apply for a postdoctoral position, please email moniquesmith@ucsd.edu a copy of 1) Your current CV 2) A cover letter that highlights your experience, contributions to science, and interests and the 3) Names and contact information (email and phone) of at least 3 references. More information here.

Technicians

We are currently not looking to hire any techncians for 2023-2024. If you have questions or are interested in a future position please inquire.

Graduate students

We do not directly admit recruits for graduate studies or have input in the admissions process to UCSD graduate programs. We will be taking rotation students for 2023-2024 from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Biology Graduate Program and/or the Neurosciences Graduate Program. More information about the requirements and the application process for each program can be found  here for Biology  and Neurosciences.

After confirming all requirements are met, please email moniquesmith@ucsd.edu with a copy of your CV, current program, and your research interests within the Smith Lab.

Undergraduate Volunteers

We are currently not accepting new applicants for the remainder of this semester. However, if you have a strong passion for computational neuroscience or coding and computation and are an undergraduate student, we invite you to fill out the form below!