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About Robert P. Smith

Dr. Smith received his Ph. D. in Biology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. As a Canadian Graduate Scholar, and a Young Ambassador of Science, he studied non self recognition is filamentous fungi as a method to promote spread of viruses in pathogenic fungal species. Upon graduation, he became a post-doctoral associate at Duke University. As a Duke Scholar in Infectious Disease, he used a combination of systems biology and synthetic biology to investigate mechanisms of antibiotics resistance and the spread of invasive species. Currently, Dr. Smith's lab focuses on understanding cooperation in bacteria using a multidisciplinary approach involving quantitative biology and mathematical modeling. Goals of his current research program are to develop new strategies to manipulate cooperation in spatially structured bacterial populations, as well as to manipulate cooperation to reduce antibiotic resistance.


2012 - Present Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences
2011 - 2013 Duke Scholar in Infectious Disease, Duke University

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Honors and Awards

  • Duke Scholars in Infectious Diseases Program
  • Graduate Student Ambassador Award
  • Let’s Talk Science National Coordinator Award
  • Young Ambassador Scientist Award
  • Outstanding Volunteer in a Health Research Program
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award
  • David and Rachel Epstein Award
  • NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Society of Chemical Industry
  • Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement


  • BIOL 4321 Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • BIOL 3400 Microbiology
  • BIOL 1500 Introduction to Biology
  • BIOL 3600 Genetics


2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University
2005 - 2009 Ph.D., Department of Biology, Carleton University
2001 - 2005 B.Sc., Biology and Biotechnology, Carleton University

Contact Information

(954) 262-7979


Articles (21)

Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Robert P. Smith.

Grant Awards (1)

Presentations (8)