David Allen Smith, PhD

David Smith

Title: Health Science Administrator

Location: Hagerstown, Maryland, United States

David Allen Smith, PhD, Health Science Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biochemistry.

Dr. Smith decided to pursue his career after taking a course in embryology with a teacher named Professor C. Arthur Christiansen and eventually found his way to DNA because it appealed to his imagination. Dr. Smith started thinking about DNA and how it might explain how we got here and the relationship of different people around the world and he enjoyed the philosophical aspect of it. The highlight of his career has been his involvement with the Human Genome Project, an international scientific research that remains as the world’s largest collaborative biological project. His involvement with the project came about with Charles DeLisi while he was at the Department of Energy’s Office of Health and Environmental Research. Prior to retiring, Dr. Smith served as the Director of the Research Programs on Human Genome Research, Microbial Genome Research, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Radiobiology, Toxicology, Structural Biology, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Technologies and Radioisotope Development for Medicine.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Smith worked with the United States Department of Energy in a variety of roles, and with the Los Alamos Science Laboratory. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Dana College, magna cum laude, in 1959 and continued at the University of Southern California to receive a PhD in biochemistry in 1964. In his career, he maintained professional affiliation with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. Dr. Smith has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including a Distinguished Career Service Award from the US Department of Energy, the Henry Deuel, Jr. Award in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California and a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

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