Welcome to the Center for Molecular Biology at Smith College!

The Center for Molecular Biology (CMB) was established in the fall of 2002 with funding provided by Smith College and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  The CMB main suite in Ford Hall 123 houses a multitude of state-of-the-art molecular biology instrumentation. Instructional support and expertise from the Center’s Instruments and Techniques Instructor (ITI), Riccardo Racicot is available to all Smith students, faculty, and staff.  The goal of the CMB is to provide first-class support for molecular biology research, training, and education to all that are interested in the Smith community.

The CMB is focused on the following three topics:

Facility Services and Consulting

The CMB currently provides DNA Sanger Sequencing and Fragment Analysis service, as well as equipment and support for Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics, Digital and QRT-PCR, Spectrophotometry, Fluorimetry, Microarrays, Gel and Blot Imagery and more to all Smith students, faculty, and staff. Please refer to our ‘Services” and  ‘Equipment’ pages for more information.

In addition to the facility services, faculty and students can receive assistance in experimental design and troubleshooting upon request.

Training and Education

The CMB provides technical support in molecular biology and bioinformatics to the Smith community. Orientations are held throughout the year to assist faculty and students in the use and application of the Center and it’s instrumentation.  Individualized training is always available upon request.  The information on the orientations will be announced in emails to faculty and staff at the beginning of each semester and SURF.



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 ‘Protocols’ page provides a series of protocols for performing molecular biology methods (Note* Next-Generation Sequencing protocols can be found on the ‘Next-Gen Sequencing’ page).  If you have successfully developed a new protocol that you think would be useful to the community, you can send it to the ITI, Riccardo Racicot, at rracicot@smith.edu for posting in this section to share.

The CMB is also involved in collaborations with the educational community outside of Smith College, such as local high schools.  Our outreach endeavors are posted in the ‘Outreach Program’ page.

This website is intended to inform you and make it easier for you to communicate with us. Visit often to take advantage of upcoming events. Any suggestions to help us improve the development of the CMB are welcome.  Just email the ITI, Riccardo Racicot at rracicot@smith.edu.