Following graduation from Haverford College with a B.A. in Biology, Dr. Smith received his V.M.D. (veterinary medicine) and Ph.D. (genetics) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and 1993 respectively. While at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a member of the Veterinary Medical Scientist Trainee Program and a Kleberg Fellow. In 1993, he joined Auburn University where he is currently a Scientist in the Scott-Ritchey Research Center and a Professor of Pathobiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Smith is the Director of the Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC). This program seeks to enhance and expand cancer research at Auburn University and to build collaborations and research partnerships throughout the region and the country. Dr. Smith’s teaching focuses on genetics and molecular biology and his research focuses on genetic and cell-based therapies of cancer and muscular dystrophies, and the translation of these therapies into a clinical setting. Dr. Smith has interests in several tumors including osteosarcoma, lymphoma, melanoma, hemangiosarcoma and breast cancer. His lab was recently involved in producing the largest synthetic virus ever produced, and is now working to identify targets for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics through genome, transcriptome and miRnome sequencing