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Biographical Sketch: Ward Smith, Ph.D.

Ward Smith
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Ward Smith, Ph.D., is chief of the Biomedical Technology Branch in the NIGMS Division of Biomedical Technology, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology and a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics, where he oversees grants in the area of the biophysical properties of proteins and biophysical methods, and advises on grants and activities related to structural biology. He also oversees individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in cell biology. Smith served as director of the NIGMS Protein Structure Initiative, which ended in July 2015. 

Prior to joining NIGMS, he was a protein crystallographer in the Biosciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory, where his research focused on synchrotron structural biology of macromolecules. Before that, he worked in structural biology and drug design in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Smith earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

To contact Smith, send email to or call 301-594-0828. 

If you’re a reporter wishing to interview Smith, contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at or call 301-496-7301.​​

This page last reviewed on October 16, 2017