Personal Statement

Dennis Mathew has been a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, since 2014. He began his study of cellular and molecular neuroscience while a graduate student in Dr. Vivian Budnik’s lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After receiving his Ph.D., he did postdoctoral work in Dr. John Carlson’s lab at Yale University. He has authored numerous research and review articles in scientific journals. His research on the neuroscience of olfaction has been supported by NIH, USDA, and DoD grants. His lab group asks basic questions about how an animal’s hunger state affects its smell sensitivities and decision-making abilities.


A complete list of Dennis’ publications can be found here: PubMed Bibliography

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  • Odell S, Zito N, Clark D, and Mathew D. “Stability of olfactory behavior syndromes in the Drosophila larva,” (2023) Scientific Reports 13: 2398.
  • Odell SR, Clark D, Zito N, Jain R, Gong H, Warnock K, Carrion-Lopez R, Maixner C, Prieto-Godino L, Mathew D. “Internal state affects local neuron function in an early processing center to shape olfactory behavior in Drosophila larvae,” (2022) Scientific Reports 12 (1): 15767.
  • Mathew D. Loss of smell in COVID-19 patients: Lessons and opportunities (2020) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 14:598465
  • Slankster E, Kollala S, Baria D, Dailey-Krempel B, Jain R, Odell SR and Mathew D.Mechanism underlying starvation-dependent modulation of olfactory behavior in Drosophila (2020) Scientific Reports 10(1):3119.
  • Young BA, Escanlon J, and Mathew D.Odors: from chemical structures to gaseous plumes. (2020) Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 111: 19-29
  • Slankster E, Odell SR, Mathew D Strength in diversity: functional diversity among olfactory neurons of the same type. Journal of bioenergetics and biomembranes 51(1):65-75. (2019)
  • Clark DA, Odell SR, Armstrong JM, Turcotte M, Kohler D, Mathis A, Schmidt DR, Mathew D. Behavior responses to chemical and optogenetic stimuli in Drosophila Larvae. (2018) Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience 12:324.