Spencer G. Smith

Visiting Lecturer of Biology

Dr. Spencer SmithEducation

  • M.S., Biology, Georgia College & State University
  • B.S., Biology, Mercer University

Courses Taught

  • General Concepts of Biology (BIO 110)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 202)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO 203)
  • Introduction to Biology I (BIO 211)



Professional Interests

My primary laboratory research interests include both behavioral and cellular and molecular neuroscience. My interest in neuroscience research began during my undergraduate career at Mercer University in the laboratory of Dr. Katharine Northcutt. Our primary focus was to understand the role of thyroid hormones during development on social behaviors of offspring. My graduate research was focused on elucidating the role of ubiquitin-proteasome-mediated protein degradation on the regulation of transcription during long-term synaptic plasticity (the cellular basis of long-term memory formation). This work was done in the laboratory of Dr. Ashok N. Hegde at Georgia College & State University.

I am looking forward to transitioning my research focus from the laboratory setting to that of pedagogical techniques and instructional improvement within the postsecondary biological science classroom.

Recent Publications

  • Smith, S.G., Haynes, K.A., and Hegde, A.N. (2020). Degradation of transcriptional repressor ATF4 during long-term synaptic plasticity. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21:8543.
  • Hegde, A.N., Smith, S.G., Duke, L., Pourquoi, A., and Vaz, S. (2019). Perturbations of ubiquitin-proteasome-mediated proteolysis in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 11:324.
  • Hegde, A.N. and Smith, S.G. (2019). Recent developments in transcriptional and translational regulation underlying long-term synaptic plasticity and memory. Learning and Memory. 26:307–317.
  • Smith, S.G. and Northcutt, K.V. (2018). Perinatal hypothyroidism increases play behaviors in juvenile rats. Hormones and Behavior. 98:1–7.

Contact Spencer Smith

(478) 301-2836
Office: Godsey Science Center 114