Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D., FACMG

Shelley D. Smith, PhD, FACMGDevelopmental Neuroscience
Smith Lab
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985960 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5960

Phone: 402-559-5314

Professional Summary:

Shelley D. Smith, Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine and B.A. Buehler Professor and Director of Developmental Neuroscience at the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation. She is also the Director of the MD/PhD Scholars program for the UNMC College of Medicine. She obtained her Ph.D. in Medical Genetics from Indiana University and is board certified as a Ph.D. Medical Geneticist by the American College of Medical Genetics. She completed a fellowship in pediatric genetics with Dr. Herbert Lubs at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Miami Mailman Center and subsequently held faculty positions at the University of Miami and at Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) before coming to UNMC in 1999. Her research has been in the localization and identification of genes affecting hereditary deafness and developmental language and learning disorders, particularly reading disability, language impairment, speech sound disorder, and ADHD. She is Principal Investigator for the Nebraska Center for the Molecular Biology of Neurosensory Systems, an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).  Until 2010, she was active in regional genetics clinics across Nebraska and in the multidisciplinary Neurosensory Genetics clinic staffed by clinicians from UNMC and BTNRH.


Ph.D., Medical Genetics, Indiana University, Indianapolis
B.A., Biology, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Courses Taught:

Lectures in:
PEDS 911, Human Genetics and Cytogenetics Principles
GCBA 900, Advanced Concepts in Molecular Genetics

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Selected Publications (within the last 5 years)


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Professional Affiliations:


UNMC Distinguished Scientist Award, 2006
UNMC Scientist Laureate, 2010