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Brad Smith

Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Professor, School of Art & Design
Research Professor, Department of Radiology


Photograph of Brad Smith


Curriculum Vitae
  • Ph. D. (Anatomy), Duke Uni­ver­sity, 1988
  • M.A. (Med­ical Illus­tra­tion), Johns Hop­kins Art as Applied to Med­i­cine, 1983
  • B.U.S. (Biol­ogy and Art), Uni­ver­sity of Utah, 1980

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 engaging 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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