Brad Smith, the Emil T. Hofman Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry, a journal published by the American Chemical Society. The journal focuses on research relevant to all aspects of conjugation chemistry and biochemistry, including the preparation, characterization, and properties of molecular conjugates. His term as associate editor will begin January 1, 2014.
Smith’s research interests include molecules for imaging, targeting and health, and encompass a broad range of topics such as organic synthesis, membrane biophysics, photonics, and small animal imaging. One of his major research goals is to develop novel molecular imaging probes that can detect dying cells in culture, and tumors and bacterial infections in living animals. Some of the fluorescent imaging probes his research group has created are commercially available, and help accelerate the pre-clinical stages of drug discovery and development, as well as enable new strategies for studying the biology of human disease. One day, these probes may be employed in humans for fluorescence-guided surgery.
In addition to teaching and research, Smith serves as the director of the Notre Dame Integrated Imaging Facility, a state-of-the-art research core that consolidates that provides an integrated suite of sophisticated microscopes and imaging stations that are utilized by scientists and engineers across campus. He is a fellow in both the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as the Royal Chemistry Society.