Dennis Mathew

Co-Director of Graduate MS/PhD Neuroscience Program, Associate Professor
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Dennis Mathew joined the University of Nevada, Reno’s Department of Biology on a tenure-track appointment in July 2014. He received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2020. He has authored numerous research and review articles in scientific journals (PubMed Bibliography). His research on the neuroscience of olfaction has been supported by NIH, USDA, and DoD grants. In addition to his position in the Department of Biology, Dennis co-directs the University’s Integrative Neuroscience Graduate Program; he directs an NIH-ENDURE training program for undergraduate researchers from underrepresented backgrounds.

Research interests

  • Neuroscience
  • Sensory Neuroscience
  • Olfaction
  • Neuromodulation

Courses taught

  • BIOL 475/675 - Neurobiology
  • BIOL 395 - Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology
  • BIOL 479 - Neurotechniques Laboratory
  • BIOL 601 - Neuroscience Journal Club


  • Postdoctoral research, Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2014
  • Ph.D. (Molecular and Cellular Biology), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006
  • M.Sc. (Biotechnology), M.S. University, Vadodara, India, 1998
  • B.Sc. (Microbiology and Biochemistry) SIES College, Mumbai, India, 1996

Selected publications

  • 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.

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