Jeff Smith, Ph.D.

Chief Technical Officer, Co-Founder


Jeff is one of the true pioneers in the genome editing industry and made some of the key observations that led to the first successful engineered editing nucleases. Dr. Smith received his graduate degree from Johns Hopkins while developing and characterizing custom nucleases for genome engineering. Continuing his work in protein engineering at Duke University, Dr. Smith helped create the foundation for the ARCUS platform. Jeff’s only known hobbies outside of the lab involve smoking pork and celebrating the Kentucky Derby, preferably at the same time. He is an inventor on more than twenty-five foundational, issued patents involving the production and use of genome editing tools.

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