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David Glenn Smith


  • Professor, PhD, University of Colorado, 1973
  • I received my B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, a Certificate in Population Studies from the East-West Population Institute of the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus in Honolulu, and my M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder. I pursued postdoctoral research in human genetic epidemiology at the Human Genetics Department of the University of Michigan Medical School and at the Institute for Cancer Research of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.


Research Interests
My past interests and research have focused on studies of the transmission of and susceptibility to diseases, population genetic processes, and phylogenetic history of both human and non-human primates, the breeding and management of captive colonies of non-human primates and the influence of social structure and behavior on population structure. Current interests include the biogeography of genus Macaca, genetic evidence for circumstances pertaining to the peopling of the New World, and the use of both modern and ancient DNA to assess ancestor-descendant relationships.

Recent Publications
Smith, D. G., S. Kanthaswamy, J. Viray and L. Cody, 2000. Additional highly polymorphic microsatellite (STR) loci for estimating kinship in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology 50:1-7.
Viray,J.,B.K.Rolfs and D.G.Smith. 2001. A comparison of the frequencies of MHC Class II DQA1 and DQB1 alleles in Indian and Chinese rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Comparative Medicine 51:555-561.
Kaestle, F. and D.G. Smith, 2001. Ancient mitochondrial DNA evidence for prehistoric population movement: The Numic Expansion. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 115:1-12.
Kanthaswamy,S. and D.G.Smith. 2002. Population subdivision and gene flow among wild Orangutans. Primates 43:315-327.
Deinard,A.S.,N.W.Lerche and D.G.Smith. 2002. Polymorphism in the rhesus macaque Macaca mulatta) NRAMP1 gene:lack of an allelic association to tuberculosis susceptibility. Journal of Medical Primatology 31:8-16.
Eshleman, J.A., R.S.Malhi and D.G.Smith. 2003. Mitochondrial DNA studies of Native Americans:Conceptions and misconceptions of the population prehistory of North America. Evolutionary Anthropology (in press).

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