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Welcome to the Center for Molecular Biology (CMB) at Smith College!

The CMB was established in the fall of 2002 with funding provided by Smith College.  Since 2004, the CMB has been funded a four-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).  The HHMI grant will provide staff and resources to enhance the CMB’s existing resources.  The goals of the CMB are to establish first-class support for molecular biology research, training, and education of all interested faculty and students at Smith College. 

The activities of the CMB are currently focused on the following three target areas:

(1) Facility Services and Consulting

We currently provide DNA sequencing service.  We also provide equipment for the following experiments: quantitative PCR and RT-PCR, microarray scan and much more. Please refer to our services and the equipment list for more information.  In the future, we hope to expand our capabilities by acquiring new facilities as they become available.

In addition to the facility services, we assist faculty and students in experimental design and troubleshooting.

(2) Training and Education

We provide technical support in molecular biology and bioinformatics.  Training workshops will be held throughout the year to assist faculty and students in the use and application of the instrumentation, as well as analysis and interpretation of molecular and genomic data.  Individualized training is also available.  The information on the workshops will be announced in the workshops section.

We will host the Molecular Biology Seminar Series.  We will invite speakers from outside our center to give lectures on the cutting edge molecular biology techniques such as microarray, RNAi, and bioinformatics.

(3) Collaboration

The CMB acts as a center of intellectual exchange for Smith’s community of scientists and serves to promote collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches to specific research initiatives. The protocol page provides a series of protocols regarding molecular biology methods. If you have successfully developed a new protocol that you think would be useful to the community, you can send it to me at for posting in this section to share with the community.

We are also happy to collaborate with the educational community outside of Smith College, such as local high schools.  The information is posted in the outreach program section.

This website is intended to inform you and make it easier for you to communicate with us. Visit often to take advantage of our upcoming events. We welcome any suggestions to help us improve the development of the CMB.  Just email me at

Lou Ann Bierwert, MS

Director, CMB
Instructor, CMB