Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Senior Lecturer in Biology
B. S. Purdue University 1992
Ph.D University of Michigan 2001

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1137
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

Dr. Smith is interested in Structural Biology, Protein Biochemistry, and Bacterial Pathogenesis.

Dr. Smith teaches the following Biology courses: Bio 2960 Laboratory (Spring), Bio 2962 (Spring), Bio 2970 Laboratory (Fall), Bio 451(Summer), Bio 4525 (Fall); and the following University College courses: Bio 406 (Spring).

recent courses

Structural Bioinformatics of Proteins

In this investigative laboratory course, students will be given high-quality, experimentally determined, three-dimensional structural coordinates and will use cutting-edge bioinformatics tools and methods to evaluate and analyze these datasets. Some topics include: structural validation, protein-structure prediction, domain and motif recognition, secondary structure prediction, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions, protein and structure-based sequence alignments, inferring protein function from structure, electrostatic interactions, and threading and homology modeling. Upon completing their analyses, students will be responsible for writing a manuscript that will be submitted to a scientific journal for publication.

    Introduction to Microbiology

    Fundamentals of microbiology. Topics include: metabolism and growth, molecular biology and gene expression, metabolic diversity, microbial ecology, microbial pathogenesis, microbial genomics, human and animal transmitted diseases, microbial evolution and diversity, and immunity. Prerequisites: introductory biology and chemistry courses or permission of the instructor.

      General Biochemistry

      A study of structure-function relationships as applied to carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; intermediary metabolism of principal cellular components; and general aspects of regulation.