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Richard Jay Smeyne, PhD

Member, Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Location: Memphis, TN United States

Dr. Richard Smeyne is a full member of the Department of Developmental Neurobiology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Smeyne's research focuses on the cell biology of Parkinson's disease, with an interest in the interactions between the immune system and the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Additionally, Dr. Smeyne studies the role of environmental enrichment in neuroprotection.
Dr. Smeyne received his doctorate in anatomy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and conducted his post-doctoral training in molecular neurobiology at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. He joined the St. Jude staff in 1996. Dr. Smeyne has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, The National Parkinson Foundation and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Smeyne is a member of the National Parkinson Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and has published in high-impact journals including Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Cell and the Journal of Neuroscience. Currently, he serves as an editor for PloS One.

Associated Grants

  • Immune and Bioenergetic Effects of Alpha-synuclein Preformed Fibril Seeding


  • GSTpi as a Blood Based Biomarker for Parkinson's Disease


  • Role of H1N1 Influenza Virus in the Etiology of Parkinson's Disease


  • Development of a progressive familial pre-clinical model of Parkinson's disease


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