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Dr. Darrin Smith

  • Associate Professor
  • Missouri Western State University B.S. 1997 Chemistry
  • University of Arizona Ph.D. 2002 Chemistry (Analytical)
  • University of Arizona Postdoctoral 2002-2003 Pharmacology / Toxicology


Contact Information

  • Department: Chemistry
  • Office: Memorial Science 161B
  • Mailing Address: Moore 337
  • Email:
  • Phone: 622-8380


Darrin L. Smith originally from Troy, KS received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (ACS certified) from Missouri Western State University (St. Joseph, MO) in 1997.  While attending Missouri Western, he was fortunate to work at Custom Industrial Analysis (CIA) Laboratories as a chemical technician performing quality control testing on raw materials.  After attaining his B.S. degree, he entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) under the supervision of Dr. Vicki H. Wysocki.  His dissertation project was the investigations of low-energy ion collisions on organically modified surfaces using mass spectrometry.  After completing his Ph.D. in 2002, he became a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona under the supervision of Dr. Daniel C. Liebler.  As a post-doctoral research fellow, Dr. Smith developed mass spectrometry methods to analyze peptides for proteomics analysis.  In 2003, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY) as an Assistant Professor and in 2008 gained tenure and promoted to rank of Associate Professor.  Currently, Dr. Smith and his group are using mass spectrometry with ambient ionization methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis for a wide range of samples. 

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