Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 

Brad Smith

Brad Smith

Professor, School of Art & Design

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Office: 2031 AA
Phone: (734) 763-5247
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Curriculum Vitae

Ph. D. (Anatomy), Duke University, 1988 M.A. (Medical Illustration), Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1983 B.U.S. (Biology and Art), University of Utah, 1980

Biography

Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Brad Smith was an assistant research professor in the Department of Radiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. There, he initiated a major NIH-funded project titled The Multi-dimensional Human Embryo. From 1999 to 2004, he served as director of the graduate program in Biomedical Illustration at the U-M School of Art and Design.

At Duke University, Smith created innovative visualization methods to study cardiovascular development and established globally adapted protocols for magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM) studies of embryos using novel MRI contrast agents. His research has been published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Developmental Biology and Magnetic Resonance in Medicine as well as Scientific American. He has served as principal investigator on major NIH- and state-supported projects, and as co-investigator on federally supported research.

At the University of Michigan, Smith has led the implementation of a new three-year Masters of Fine Arts curriculum that engages the creative work of artists and designers with work from disciplines such as the life sciences, sociology, education, law, ecology, politics, business, and other fields.

In addition to his research and administrative achievements, Smith creates animations and graphics demonstrating developmental biology for museums and documentary film companies, including National Geographic, BBC, Nova, and the Discovery Channels. His current work addresses the intersection of science and art, with a focus on reproductive technology and its impact on society’s understanding of the social and political status of the embryo.

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