Dan F. Smelter, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacotherapy, UT Austin
Adjoint Assistant Professor, UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Dan F. Smelter is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and an Adjoint Assistant Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from UW-Madison School of Pharmacy in 2022.

Dr. Smelter’s long-term research focus is on improving outcomes for bacterial infections of the cardiovascular system, such as infective endocarditis and endovascular infections, through the use of personalized, precision medicine. His Ph.D. work focused on basic cardiovascular physiology through characterizing the impact of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-linked missense mutations in cardiac myosin binding protein-C on cardiomyocyte contractility, and his most recent research focus is on optimizing therapy for gram-positive infections caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumonia. From 2022 to 2023, Dr. Smelter was a postdoctoral fellow in the Provost Early Career Fellows program at UT Austin, with his advisors Drs. Grace Lee (primary mentor), Chris Frei, and Kelly Reveles. He is a current recipient of the Claude D. Pepper Center OAIC RL5 Mentored Research Career Development Award, where Dr. Sunil Ahuja is his primary mentor.

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