Tricia Smith

Tricia Hardt Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 828-6058

Trani Life Sciences Building, 1000 W. Cary St., room 220f


  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, Medical College of Virginia (2009)
  • M.S., Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine (2001)

Research Interests

  • Cell Signaling
  • Electrophysiology
  • G-Protein Coupled Receptor Function
  • Drugs of Abuse

Select Publications

  • Chelsea D. William, Tricia Smith, Amy Adkins, Chloe J. Walker, Arlenis Santana, Fantasy T. Lozada, Jinni Su, Danielle M. Dick.  (2021)  Effects of Receiving Genetic Ancestry Results on Emerging Adults’ Ethnic-Racial Identity Affirmation. Emerging Adulthood, 2021-08, Vol.9 (4), p.422-428
  • Smith TH, Blume LC, Straiker A, Sayers KW, Poklis JL, Abdullah RA, Cox JO, Chen C, Mackie K, Elphick MR, Howlett AC, Selley DE.  (2015). Cannabinoid receptor interacting protein 1a (CRIP1a) modulates CB1 receptor signaling and regulation. Molecular Pharmacology. April 87:747-765
  • Smith TH, Ngwainmbi J, Hashimoto A, Dewey WL, and Akbarali HI.  (2014)  Morphine dependence in single enteric neurons from the mouse colon requires deletion of β-arrestin2. Physiol Rep. Sept 4;2(9). pii: e12140
  • Smith, TH, Ngwainmbi J, Grider JR, Dewey WL, Akbarali HI. (2013)  An in-vitro preparation of isolated enteric neurons and glia from the myenteric plexus of the adult mouse.  J Vis Exp. 2013 Aug 7;(78).
  • Smith TH, Grider JR, Dewey WL, Akbarali HI (2012) Morphine Decreases Enteric Neuron Excitability via Inhibition of Sodium Channels. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45251.


  • BIOL452: Biology of Drugs
  • BIOZ476: Molecular Capstone Laboratory
  • BIOL300: Cellular and Molecular Biology