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Dr. Smith's CV and publications.

Dr. Smith champions for gender minorities.

Drs. Smith and Gianella discuss The Last Gift at 2017 CROI.

Read about Dr. Smith's election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Smith is featured in this 2015 Science article.

Read an interview about Dr. Smith's 2012 NIDA Avant Garde Award.

Press releases from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the UC San Diego Health System about Dr. Smith receiving the 2012 Avant Garde award for HIV research.


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, and in his laboratory on the UC San Diego campus, where he performs bench research and directs the San Diego Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Translational Virology Core, and co-directs the overall San Diego CFAR.

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, including curative interventions. In 2010, Dr. Smith was named HIV Researcher of the Year by the HIV Medical Association, and in 2015 he was elected as a fellow to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American College of Physicians.

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. He was promoted to full professor in 2012.

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