L. Cody Smith

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Educational Background

  • B.S. University of Florida, Biology
  • M.S. University of Florida, Toxicology
  • Ph.D. University of Florida, Respiratory Toxicology
  • Postdoctoral Training: Rutgers University, Immunology and Respiratory Toxicology

Research Interests

  • Air pollution and respiratory system toxicology
  • Immunology and inflammatory signaling mechanisms
  • Sex steroid signaling and sex differences in inflammation

Current Research

The overarching focus of my research is to investigate how inhalation of respiratory contaminants and pollutants causes lung disease. I’m particularly interested in understanding how biological sex modifies these responses. By uncovering these mechanisms, we hope to develop therapeutics that specifically target pathways driving toxicity in males or females and to establish that biological sex be considered in setting regulatory guidelines for inhalation exposures.

Honors and Awards

  • Best Postdoctoral Presentation Award, Immunotoxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2023
  • 1st Place Postdoctoral Research Award, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2022
  • 1st Place, Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award, Division for Toxicology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, 2021
  • 1st Place, Mechanisms Gabriel Plaa Education Award, Mechanisms Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, 2021
  • Donald E. Gardner Inhalation Toxicology Education Award, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2020
  • Best Postdoc Poster, Session 2. Gordon Research Conference on Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity, Procter Academy, Andover, NH, 2019
  • 2nd Place, ‘Best in Show’ Graduate Student Competition, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, 2017
  • 2nd Place, Graduate Student Platform Presentation Award, Southeast SOT Regional Chapter Meeting, 2016
  • 1st Place, Graduate Student Research Award, Molecular and Systems Biology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2013


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Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-8087
Mailing Address69 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT 06269-3092
Office LocationPBB 533; Lab Location PBB 525
LinkSmith Lab for Pulmonary Immunotoxicology