Translational Virology Core
Davey Smith, MD, MAS, is a translational research virologist. He uses basic science techniques to answer clinically relevant questions and vice-versa. He works both at the UC San Diego Antiviral Research Center, where he is the medical director of the Early Intervention Program, and in his laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where he performs bench research and runs the Center for AIDS Research Translational Virology Core.
Dr. Smith's primary research involves both the transmission of HIV (eg, molecular epidemiology, superinfection, biologic correlates of transmission) and HIV reservoir dynamics (eg, characterizing HIV shed from the genital tract and virus associated with neuropathology). These studies are in pursuit to understand the correlates that drive HIV transmission and persistence and find new ways to interrupt these mechanisms. In October 2010, Dr. Smith was named HIV Researcher of the Year by the HIV Medical Association, and he currently serves a member on the ACTG HIV Reservoirs and Viral Eradication Transformative Science Group.
Dr. Smith graduated from East Tennessee State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at UC San Diego and stayed to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2003.