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Associate Professor of Biology

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Application of Genetics in Breeding
  • Lakeland's Summer Research Program
  • Student Research Done on Campus


Smith, a member of the college's faculty since 2003, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001 and completed his postdoctoral work at UW-Madison from 2002-03. He is co-founder of the Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE), which allows students to work alongside their faculty as peers in conducting primary research.

Among courses Smith designed or co-designed at Lakeland are bioinformatics; scientific analysis and writing I; special topics: DNA lab; and scientific analysis and writing II.

Smith partnered with fellow biology faculty member Paul Pickhardt to create Lakeland's tropical biology course in Belize, a hands-on opportunity to conduct research in the rainforest.


B.S. in Biology; Carleton College (1994)
Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics; University of Oregon (2001)

Related Links:

LURE program
Belize Tropical Biology Program

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