Cassandra L. Smith


1967 B. A. Biology, West Virginia University
1970 M. S. Medical Microbiology, West Virginia University Medical School
1974 Ph. D. Genetics, Texas A&M University


  • 1974-1978 Fellow, Department of Genetics, The Public Health Research Institute of the City of New York, Inc.
  • 1978-1981 Research Associate, Chemistry Department, Columbia University
  • 1981-1987 Associate Research Scientist, Department of Genetics and Development, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University
  • 1987-1989 Assistant Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University
  • 1988-1992 Associate Professor-In-Residence, Department of Molecular and Cell biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1990-1992 Senior Scientist, Division of Chemical Biodynamics, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Department of Energy, Berkely
  • 1992-present Professor of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering Boston University
  • 1992-present Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology, Boston University
  • 1993-present Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University
  • 1993-present Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, School of Medicine, Boston University
  • 2002-present Director, Molecular Biotechnology Research Laboratory

Professional Activities


  • 1997-present Professor, Virtual Center of Biotechnology for the Americas, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • 1998-present Founder and President, Daxx LLC, Boston
  • 1999-present Editor-in-Chief, biomolecular Engineering, Elsevier, Amsterdam
  • 2000-present Review Panel, Howard Hughs Medical Institute, National Academy of Sciences
  • 2000-present Review Panel, National Cancer Institute, NIH
  • 2000-present Scientific Advisory Board, Philip Morris External Research Program
  • 2002-present Coonsultant Scientist, New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR)
  • 2002-present Scientific Advisory Board, Aptamera Inc., Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2002 Consultant, Zero Stage Capital, Boston, Mass


  • 1964-1966 Walter Reed Army Nursing Scholarship
  • 1966-1967 West Virginia University Scholarship
  • 1970-1972 Robert A. Welsh Fellowship
  • 1973 American Society for Microbiology President’s Fellowship
  • 1975-1978 National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1978-1981 NIH Young Investigator Grant
  • 1984-1989 Consultant, Pharmacia-LKB, Sweden
  • 1986-1989 Consultant, FMC Corporation
  • 1987-1997 Editorial Board, Genomics
  • 1987-1988 Instructor, Parasitology Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Mass
  • 1988 Department of Energy, Study Section of the Human Genome
  • 1988 Organizer of short course “Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis and Large DNA Technology”, Rutgers University, N. J.
  • 1989 DOE Libraries and Materials, Human Genome Subcommittee
  • 1989 Biotechnology Short Course, University Singapore, Singapore
  • 1989-1996 Chairman, Editorial Board, Human Genome Abstracts, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, Mass.
  • 1989-1994 Executive Editor, Gene Analysis: Techniques and Applications
  • 1989-1995 Managing Editor, International Journal of the Human Genome
  • 1990 Consultant, Promega
  • 1990 Co-Organizer (with the Institute of New Techonologies) of conference “Biotechnology in the USSR”, Leningrad, USSR
  • 1990-1998 Consulttant, Boehringer Mannheim Gmbh., Germany
  • 1990 Co-Organizer Molecular biology Technology course, University of Santiago, Santiago, Chile
  • 1990-1991 Scientific Advisory Board, Institue of New Technologies, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1991 Co-Organizer (with F Blattner, G. Church, J. Miller, and K. Rudd) of Banbury conference “The E. coli Genome – DNA Sequence Acquisition and Interpretation”, Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • 1991 Co-Organizer (with R. Overbeek, D. Searles, and K. Yoshida) of workshop “Application of Logic Programming in Genetic Sequence Analysis”, International Logic Programming Symposium, San Diego
  • 1991-1993 Co-chair (with I. Hansmann, T. Keithe, and J. Weissenbach) of Human Chromosome 20 Committee and the First International Workshop on Human chromosome 20, 1993
  • 1991-1993 Consultant and Expert Witness, Office of the Public Defender, San Fransico
  • 1992-1993 Human Chromosome 20 Editor, Genome Database, John Hopkinds University
  • 1992 Guest Editor, Electrophoresis
  • 1992-1996 Founder and moderator, (bioscience newsgroup for women in the biological sciences)
  • 1992-1993 Visiting Scientist, Unite de Genetique Moleculaire Humaine, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • 1993 Co-organizer (with R. Pillardd) of AAAS Symposium, “Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Homosexuality/Sexuality”, Boston, Mass.
  • 1993-1998 Associate Editor, Electrophoresis
  • 1994-1997 Genetics Editor, InterJournal, Institute for Complex Systems, Boston
  • 1995-1998 Co-Editor-in-Chief (with W. Wolf), Genetic Anaysis: bBiomolecular Engineering, Elsevier, Amsterdam
  • 1995-1998 Board of Advisors, Institute of Complex Systems, boston, Mass.
  • 1995-1998 Consultant Trichor, Inc., Boston, Mass.
  • 1995-1999 Review Panel, Dept. of Army, Breast anad Ovarian Cancer Research Program
  • 1996-1999 Foreign Member of Scientific Council of thte Institue of Molecular Genetics, Moscow, Russia
  • 1997 Election to the West Virginia Distinguished Alumni Academy
  • 2000 Co-organizer of Elsevier conference on Strptavidin/Avidin, Banth, Canada
  • 2001 Review Panel, Department of Energy
  • 2002 Review Panel, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
  • 1997-2002 Co-Founder and Vice President, Captec LLC
  • 1998-2001 Consultant, Ericomp Inc., San Diego, California
  • 1999-2001 Consultant, Roche Diagnositics, Germany

Professional Affiliation

  • 1975-present American Society for Microbiology
  • 1975-present Genetics Society of America
  • 1986-present American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 1987-present American Society of Human Genetics
  • 1987-present American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1987-present International Human Genome Organization (HUGO)
  • 1989-1997 The Harvey Society
  • 1995-present American Women in Science (AWIS)
  • 1995-present International Organization of women in Technology (WITI)
  • 1995-present Biomedical Engineering Society
  • 1996-present International Society of Psychiatric Genetics
  • 1996-present Neurological Society
  • 1997-present IBANGS
  • 1997-present International Society for Twins Studies

Patents ~30 Issued
Publications >200

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