Dr. David I Smith received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1978. His first faculty position was at Wayne State University from 1985-1996. In 1996 he joined the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic as a full Professor. He is also the Chairman of the Technology Assessment Group for the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. His laboratory utilizes massively parallel sequencing to understand the different roles that human papillomavirus plays in the development of different cancers.