Spencer LaVere Smith

Spencer LaVere Smith

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


SLAB Neuroscience and Neuroengineering Lab


The lab of Spencer LaVere Smith (slslab.org) is investigating neural circuitry in action using novel instrumentation. One half of the lab is neuroengineering new instrumentation for measuring and manipulating neural activity. The other half of the lab is using the technology to perform experiments and gain insights into how neural circuitry processes stimuli and drives adaptive behavior.


Spencer LaVere Smith earned his undergraduate degree in physics and mathematics (U Iowa), and his Ph.D in neuroscience and neuroengineering (UCLA). After postdoctoral work at University College London, he started his own laboratory in the US in 2011. In 2018, Smith moved his laboratory to UCSB. His awards include a McKnight Technological Innovation Award (2015), a Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship (2013), and a Human Frontier Science Program Career Development Award (2012).