Contact Information

9071 Mill Creek Rd Apt 1209, Levittown, PA 19054, USA
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Innovative, passionate, multifaceted scientist seeking interdisciplinary research position using both bioinformatics and wet lab skills; Expertise across a wide range including Bioinformatics, Molecular Genetics, Medical Research, Cell Culture; Autodidact in a wide array of subjects; Dedicated and experienced laboratory instructor with a strong record of high student ratings


Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 2008, Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ; New Brunswick/Piscataway, NJ). Topic: Phylogenetics and Homology Modeling.

B.A. in Biology, 1994, Earlham College (Richmond, IN)

Other courses (including Human Physiology and Statistics) taken (1992-1995) at the University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL)

Research Interests/Goals

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Self-Taught Skills

Bioinformatics (particularly Phylogenetics and Structural Biology), including creation of programs and databases

Online and Library Research

Programming in Perl; Program Revision in C; Understanding of Fortran, Java, BASIC

Usage of Unix (including IRIX system administration), Linux, Mac OS X, and MS Windows

Other Skills

Teaching in Laboratory, Small Group settings, including student supervision in the laboratory

Molecular Genetics Laboratory Techniques (Gels, RT-qPCR, Mapping, DNA extraction)

Cell culture of simian, human cells (293A, COS-7)

Injections into, extraction of mouse bone marrow (partially self-taught)

Fluorescence microscopy imaging (partially self-taught)

Statistics for Biological/Medical Research (partially self-taught)

Employment History

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (12/2008-3/2009), Thomas Jefferson University

Teaching Assistant (9/1996-7/1997, 2/1998-7/2007), Rutgers University

Graduate Assistant (9/1997-1/1998), Rutgers University

Teaching Assistant (1/1990/-3/1990), Earlham College

Other Positions

System Administrator (8/1997-7/2000; fallback/backup 8/2000-11/2008), Rutgers University


Please note a legal change of name from Ed Allen Smith (Smith, E A) to Allen Watkins Smith (Smith, A W).

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Microbiology (2005-present)

Genetics Society of America (2008-present)