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Sarah E. Smith

Project Manager, Office of Scientific Leadership

Stowers Institute for Medical Research

B.S., Physics, Truman State University
Ph.D., Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center

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Science Communications


Sarah E. Smith, Ph.D., is Project Manager for the Office of Scientific Leadership at the Stowers Institute. In this role, she works with the Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Director, and the Chief of Staff to implement programs supporting science at the Stowers Institute. A Kansas City native, Smith trained as an artist before earning her B.S. in physics at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She completed her graduate work in the lab of Rong Li, Ph.D., at the Stowers Institute, studying the biophysics of cell polarization and earning her Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology through the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2013. She then transitioned to a role as a Research Specialist in Microscopy, where she worked with laboratory researchers throughout the Stowers Institute to plan, perform, analyze and publish imaging experiments to address a wide range of biological questions. Smith transitioned to her current role in April 2022.

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