Jennifer S. Smith

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Jennifer S. Smith, PhD,  MPH
Dr. Jennifer S. Smith’s current research focuses on epidemiological studies of cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) infections worldwide, with a focus on reproductive health, and infections and cancer prevention. Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is also affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cancer Epidemiology), UNC Center for AIDS Research, and the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research. She has conducted research on HPV and associated cervical neoplasia and cancer since 1995. Dr. Smith has published over 200 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, of which over 170 are related to HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases, including cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar and penile cancers. She is the Director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition, a global initiative to reduce cervical cancer. She is the Principal Investigator (PI)  of a cohort of female sexual workers in Nairobi, Kenya, and recently as the PI on a NCI R01 study, the Effect of Male Circumcision on the Natural History of Penile HPV Infection in Kisumu, Kenya. Her current research focuses on epidemiological studies of HPV and cervical cancer worldwide (primarily in North Carolina, China, Kenya and South Africa), with a focus on prevention via screening and prophylactic vaccines.