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Mary A. Smith, Ph.D., M.S. Mary A. Smith, Ph.D., M.S.

NC A&T State University
NC A&T State Univ., Dept. of Biology,
1601 E. Market St.,
Greensboro, NC 27411
phone: (336) 285-2160
fax: (336) 334-7105

Dr. Mary A. Smith is an associate professor of biology and an associate chairperson in the Department of Biology at NC A&T State University. She is a member of the American Phytopathological Society, North Carolina Academy of Science Genotoxicity and Environmental Mutagenesis Society (Board Member, 2002- 2005), iPlant Educational Advisory Committee, and the Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science and Technology Advisory Committee. Dr. Smith has received the UNC Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, NC A&T State University College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the Outstanding Mentor Award from the NC-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation. Her research collaborations include working with Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center's at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as partnerships with the Biomathematical Learning Enhancement Network for Diversity (BLEND) and the Genomics Educational Partnership at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. Dr. Smith is the Director for the NIH supported Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC).

Dr. Smith’s research projects focus on bioinformatics analysis of nuclear hormone receptors, with specific emphasis on the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor and retinoid X receptor proteins, regulation, mechanisms of action and implications for obesity and related diseases. Dr.Smith is also actively involved in educational research, using genomics and bioinformatics to increase student participation in research.

Dr. Smith received her BS from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She then obtained her MS and PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Updated: 04/30/12