Advancement council

Jeremy C. Smith

Governor’s Chair, University of Tennessee, and
Director of the UT/ORNL Center
for Molecular Biophysics
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tenn.

Professor Jeremy C. Smith specializes in computational molecular biophysics, with emphasis on the simulation of biological molecules. He has led research groups in France, Germany and the United States, ranging in size from 15 to 35 members. In 2006 he became the first joint ORNL-UT Governor’s Chair and is presently director of the ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics. In 2008 he was named honorary professor of the University of Heidelberg.

As of January 2019, Smith has supervised 117 co-workers, including 17 staff, 40 postdocs, 43 graduate students, and 8 long-term visitors. Forty-one former group members have moved on to university faculty positions, 11 hold national laboratory staff scientist positions and 14 hold industrial research positions. He has mentored students of many different nationalities and from five continents.

Smith has performed and directed research in high-performance computing applied to protein function, neutron scattering, early-stage drug discovery, environmental biogeochemistry and bioenergy. His more than 460 published articles have been cited over 46,000 times, with an h-index of 75.