Matthew Smith

Credentials: PhD Student - Grinblat lab

I am studying development of zebrafish, specifically looking at the transcription factor Zic2 and its impact on neural and craniofacial development.


Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in iBio?

The collaborative nature that is inherent in a cross discipline program will give me the opportunity to work on a wider range of projects and give me access to more diverse resources than in a traditional program.

Why or what do you love about the program?

It is a highly customizable program that will tailor my graduate studies to help me prepare for the future and learn a lot about what I am studying very quickly.

Future Plans: I am still trying to figure out whether I want to go into academia or industry, but I would love to be the head of my own lab someday!

Fun Fact: I just got married! (June 4th, 2022)

Educational Background:

B.S. in Biology and Microbiology from University of Texas at Arlington