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Jenifer Smith

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  • Professor of Practice
107 Whitmore
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 867-4448



  1. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University Department of Immunology and Transplantation, 1985
  2. Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. 1985
  3. B.S. in Biochemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, 1981


Dr. Jenifer Smith, Ret. FBI Special Agent, joined the Forensic Science faculty in 2010.  She holds B.S. in Biochemistry from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in Physiological Chemistry.  Her focus in the FBI laboratory was DNA analysis; she implemented numerous methods and testified in 100’s of cases.  She continues to serve on several federal advisory groups that support national security entities concerned with microbial forensics.


2010-present Professor of Practice, Forensic Science, Pennsylvania State University

2009-present Principal of BioForensic Consulting LLC

1986-2009 Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

2006-2009 Section Chief and Senior Executive WMD Intelligence Analysis Section, WMD Directorate, FBI

2002-2006 Chief Biological Technology Center, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

1995-2002 Unit Chief, DNA Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory

1990-1995 Examiner (Serology and DNA), DNA Analysis Unit, FBI Laboratory

1980 Intern, New York City Medical Examiner

Societies and Committees

DOD Interagency Microbial Forensic Working Group 2009 to current

Executive Office of the President's (OSTP) Task Force on Microbial Forensics 2008- current Defense Intelligence Agency's Biochem. 20/20 2007-current

Director of National Intelligence National Counter Proliferation Center's Biological Sciences Expert Group 2007- current

Scientific Working Group on Microbial Forensics (SWGMF) 2002-2005

DOD MASINT Committee's Biological Sub-Group 2002-2005

North American Representative on the Interpol DNA Monitoring Expert Group (DNA-MEG) 1999-2002

National DNA Index System (NDIS) Policy Review Board 1998-2002

Scientific Working Group ON DNA Analytical Methods (SWGDAM) 1990-2002

Testimonies of Merit

Testified for the National Academy of Science committee review of the FBI and the Anthrax Investigation 2009

Presentations for US Senate and US House of Representatives Intelligence oversight committees 2002-2009

Testified for the House of Representatives of the State of Maryland concerning DNA database legislation 2000

DNA testimonies in excess of 100 trials and Daubert/Frye 1991-2004
admissibility hearings in numerous Local, State and Federal courts

Faculty and Training Provided

American Prosecutors Research Institute Faculty 1991-2005

National College of District Attorneys Faculty Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award 2000

Federal Appellate Judges Advocacy Faculty

Training seminars and workshops

New York District Judges
Florida State Judges
Maryland State Prosecutors
FBI Evidence Response Team Leaders
Illinois State Police
West Virginia State Police
Wyoming State Prosecutors Association
Indiana State Prosecutors Association
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Science
Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators
Wisconsin State Prosecutors Association

Selected Publications

Married name is Smith, maiden name is Lindsey

(1) Budowle B, Schutzer SE, Einseln A, Kelley LC, Walsh AC, Smith JA, Marrone BL, Robertson J, Campos J. Public health. Building microbial forensics as a response to bioterrorism. Science 2003; 301:1852-1853.

(2) Budowle B, Lindsey JA, DeCou JA, Koons BW, Giusti AM, Comey CT. Validation and population studies of the loci LDLR, GYPA, HBGG, D7S8, and Gc (PM loci), and HLA-DQ alpha using a multiplex amplification and typing procedure. J Forensic Sci 1995;40:45-54.

(3) Comey CT, Budowle B, Adams DE, Baumstark AL, Lindsey JA, Presley LA, PCR amplification and typing of the HLA DQ alpha gene in forensic samples. J Forensic Sci 1993:38:239-49.

(4) Zhang H, Downs EC, Lindsey JA, Davis WB, Whisler RL, Cornwell DG. Interactions between the monocyte/macrophage and the vascular smooth muscle cell. Stimulation of mitogenesis by a soluble factor and of prostanoid synthesis by cell-cell contact. Arterioscler Thromb 1993;13:220-30.

(5) Lindsey JA, Zhang HF, Kaseki H, Morisaki N, Sato T, Cornwell DG. Fatty acid metabolism and cell proliferation. VII. Antioxidant effects of tocopherols and their quinones. Lipids 1985;20:151-7

(6) Whisler RL, Lindsey JA, Proctor KV, Newhouse YG, Cornwell DG. The impaired ability of human monocytes to stimulate autologous and allogeneic mixed lymphocyte reactions after exposure to cyclosporine. Associated alterations of HLA-DR expression and physical characteristics of monocytes. Transplantation 1985;40:57-61.

(7) Morisaki N, Lindsey JA, Stitts JM, Zhang H, Cornwell DG. Fatty acid metabolism and cell proliferation. V. Evaluation of pathways for the generation of lipid peroxides. Lipids 1984;19:381-94.

(8) Whisler RL, Lindsey JA, Proctor KV, Morisaki N, Cornwell DG. Characteristics of cyclosporine induction of increased prostaglandin levels from human peripheral blood monocytes. Transplantation 1984;38:377-81.

(9) Lindsey JA, Morisaki N, Stitts JM, Zager RA, Cornwell DG. Fatty acid metabolism and cell proliferation: IV. Effect of prostanoid biosynthesis from endogenous fatty acid release with cyclosporin-A. Lipids 1984;18:566-9.

(10) Morisaki N, Lindsey JA, Milo GE, Cornwell DG. Fatty acid metabolism and cell proliferation. III. Effect of prostaglandin biosynthesis either from exogenous fatty acid or endogenous fatty acid release with hydralazine. Lipids 1983;18:349-52.

Books, Monographs and Chapters

Schutzer SE, Budowle B, Smith JAL, Morse SA, Keim P. Microbial Forensics: Course. American Society of Microbiology Press and Elsevier( in prep) 2011.

Implementation Plan for the National Research and Development Strategy for Microbial ForensicsNational Technology Council, Executive Office of the President, 2010

Smith JAL Assessment of the Threat . In Budowle B, Schutzer SE, Breeze R, Keim P, Morse SA Eds. Microbial Forensics, Edition 2, Academic Press. San Diego 2010

Smith JAL Collection and Preservation of Microbial Forensic Samples. In Budowle B, Schutzer SE, Breeze R, Keim P, Morse SA Eds. Microbial Forensics, Edition 2, Academic Press. San Diego 2010

National Research and Development Strategy for Microbial Forensic, National Technology Council, Executive office of the President, 2009

Budowle B, Schutzer SE, Einseln A., Kelley LC, Walsh AC, Smith JAL, Marrone BL, Robertson J, Campos J. Quality Assurance Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbial Forensic Work. FBI Scientific Working Group on Microbial Genetics and Forensics (SWGMGF) 2003

DNA Typing Protocols: Molecular Biology and Forensic Analysis. B. Budowle, J. Smith, T. Moretti, and J. DiZinno, (A Bio Techniques- Books Publication, Eaton Publishing, 2000).

National DNA Standards Audit Document, 2000

Cornwell DG, Lindsey JA, Zhang H and Morisaki N. Fatty Acid Metabolism and Cell Proliferation. VI. Properties of Antithrombotic Agents that Influence Metastasis. In Icosanoids and Cancer, (H. Thaler-Dao, A Crastes de Paulet and R. Paoletti, eds.) Raven Press. New York, pp. 205-222. 1984.