Wendy Smith


PhD, Zoology, Duke University
BS, Biology, New College of Florida

Area(s) of Expertise

Hormonal control of insect growth and development

Research Interests

The Smith laboratory uses insect models to study the regulation of growth and immune function. Recent work focuses on mechanisms underlying enhanced immune responsiveness of offspring following parental exposure to pathogens. We combine developmental, physiological, transcriptomic, and epigenetic approaches to understand pathogen-induced maternal effects across generations. Identification of conserved mechanisms for such effects may help us to manipulate pathogen resistance in groups ranging from insects to humans.

Curriculum Vitae



433 Richards Hall

COS faculty help sequence genome of tobacco hornworm

A biology professor and bioinformatics graduate student are among a large group of international researchers who authored the recent publication.