York College welcomes alumnus Aubrey A. Smith III, PhD, ’94

As a speaker in the Natural Science Seminar Series Dr. Smith is being hosted by York College Chemistry professors, Dr. Emmanuel Chang and Dr. Mande Holford and students of the Chemistry Club at York.

Dr. Smith is an associate professor in the Biology Department at Montgomery College in Maryland. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from York, and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Howard University. His research interests are in biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, genomics and proteomics and he has received a fellowship from the Eli Lilly Company.

Dr. Smith’s seminar will present his research on isolation and sequencing of the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (pepc) gene of Synechococcus PCC 7002. The pepc gene was isolated for the first time in a marine cyanobacterium; the DNA sequence is expected to possibly shed more light on the true nature and origins of Synechococcus PCC 7002.The results of the research project will be presented for publication.; hHe is also working on another project involving comparative sequence analysis of proteins from marine and fresh-water cyanobacteria. He currently teaches Principles of Biology and is also the webmaster of The Tool Pigeon, a web site with links to useful bioinformatics tools for life scientists and physical scientists.

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