Richard Smith earned his BS at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He moved to Utah in 1998 where he first worked at Myriad Genetics on a positional cloning project to find a familial gene for prostate cancer. After that he worked at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in the lab of Stephen Lessnick studying downstream targets of EWS/FLI, an aberrant transcription factor that causes the pediatric cancer Ewings sarcoma. In the Evason lab he studies downstream targets of activated beta catenin in hepatocellular carcinoma.
When he’s not in the lab he enjoys biking, skiing and sailing.