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Emmett Smith

Assistant Professor of Biology


  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Honors Program


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • B.S. Purdue University

Selected Courses

BIOL 112  Cells, Genes and Inheritance
BIOL 341  Cell Physiology
BIOL 466  Molecular Genetics
BIOL 382  Human Genetics


I am a 2007 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Biology. I earned my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014. I taught for biology one semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From there I came to Earlham as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2015, and became an Assistant Professor at Earlham in 2016.

Research Projects

I am currently setting up my human cell culture lab at Earlham. I will be working on the CFTR gene and its regulatory elements. I will be using the cutting-edge genome editing technique known as CRISPR to edit human cells and compare their 3d genome structure with non-edited cells. I will analyze the effects of mutation on CFTR expression. I will be collaborating with Dr. Kat Bartlow to examine the 3D genomic differences between two types of neuronal cells expressing different genes. Students who are interested in a particular disease gene are welcome to bring their own project to the lab, and we will examine its 3D structure.

Professional Memberships

American Society of Human Genetics
Indiana Academy of Science

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