Dr. David I Smith received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1978. For the past 23 years he has been a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic. He is also the Chairman of the Technology Assessment Group for the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. He is an expert of next generation DNA sequencing and employs these technologies to study the different roles that human papillomavirus plays in the development of different cancers. He is also very interested in how advanced DNA sequencing technologies will be applied in the clinical setting. He has led his own research laboratory for the past 35 years and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles over his research career.