Cassandra L. Smith
Professor of Biology, Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmacology
Director, Molecular Biotechnology Research Laboratory
Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Biotechnology
Dr. Smith’s research brings novel approaches at the interface of genomics/genetic and biotechnology to complex disease studies. A major focus is on preventing schizophrenia by understanding how a significant number of monozygotic (aka identical) twins can be discordant for this disease. Another focus is on the development of new DNA technologies for detecting and diagnosing disease. Other research takes a combinatorial chemistry approach to isolate aptamers (single stranded DNA mimics of antibodies) for use as cancer tumor targeting reagents. Here, the goal is to develop effective targeted therapies for cancer treatment and diagnostic modalities while minimizing damage to bystander cells.
- BE 565 Molecular Biotechnology
- EK 130 Engineering Knowledge
- Abdolmaleky HM, Smith CL, Zhou RJ, Thiagalingam S. (In Press). “Epigenetic Alterations of Dopaminergic System in Major Psychiatric Disorders” as a book chapter for “Pharmacogenomics in Drug Discovery and Development” Humana Press
- Nguyen G, Nguyen N, Storm N, Gavras H, Smith CL. (2006). Targeted cDNA Differential Display. Biomolecular Engineering 23, 41-54.
- Nguyen G, Bukanov N, Oshimura M, Smith CL. (2005). Cloneless Genomic DNA Analysis: An Efficient and Simple Alternative to Clone Libraries for de novo Genomic Sequencing and Gap Filling. Biomolecular Engineering. 21, 135-144.
- Abdolmaleky HM, Cheng K-H, Russo A, Smith CL, Faraone SV, Shafa R, Wilcox M, Glatt S, Stone WS, Nguyen G, Ponte JF, Thiagalingam S, Tsuang M. (2005). Hypermethylation of the RELN Promoter in the Brain of Schizophrenic Patients: A Preliminary Report. Am. J. Human Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics) 134, 60-66.
- Abdolmaleky HM, Smith CL, Faraone SV, Shafa R, Stone W, Glatt S, Tsuang M. (2004). Methylomics in Psychiatry: Modulation of Gene-Environment Interaction by DNA Methylation. Am. J. Human Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics). 127B, 51-59.
- Nguyen G, Bouchard J, Foulon C, Keith L, Baldwin C, Herrera VH, Smith CL. (2003). Genomic Instability and Schizophrenia in Monozygotic Twins. Am. J. Human Genetics (Neuropsychiatric Genetics). 120B, 1-10.
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- Feb 25, 2014
Current research suggests a certain type of tiny fungus may play a very large role in the global cycling of carbon. Professor Finzi, who took part in the research, asserts that the work is not only relevant to climate models and predictions of future atmospheric greenhouse gas levels, but also challenges the core foundation in modern biogeochemistry that climate exerts major control over soil carbon pools.Read more.
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