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Dr. Todd Smith has taught courses in chemistry, biochemistry, human physiology, and molecular biology, while working with students in tutorials on topics ranging from avian physiology to Alzheimer’s disease and neuronal function. Dr. Smith likes “exposing students to as many ways to explore as they can,” with texts, current research articles, labs and fieldwork. In addition to encouraging understanding of the social relevance of chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Smith helps his students see the relevance of sharing findings. As a doctoral student at the University of Rhode Island, he studied heat-shock proteins, which provide cells temporary protection from environmental shocks. Dr. Smith’s current research focuses on anti-freeze proteins in fish, and how
fish control the timing and production of those proteins. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.


  • Department Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Since 2020


B.A., Middlebury College
M.S., University of Maine
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island