David I Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic. He is also the Chairman of the Technology Assessment Group for the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. The responsibility of this committee is to evaluate new technologies that could have a dramatic impact on basic research and its’ clinical translation. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, in Madison in 1978. He had post-doctoral training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of California, Irvine, before taking his first faculty position at Wayne State University (in Detroit) in 1985. His laboratory studies the role that the common fragile sites play in cancer development. In addition, his laboratory studies the role that human papillomavirus plays in the development of a variety of different cancers.