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JoAnn L. Whitefleet-Smith

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Goddard Hall, 203B
Phone: +1-508-831-5974
Fax: +1-508-831-5933

“Your mind is like a parachute; it only works if it's open.”

JoAnn L. Whitefleet-Smith

I am a self-confessed ‘lab rat’ who is happiest working in a laboratory setting answering the questions: What is that? What does it do? How does it work? My past experience has included research on organic reaction mechanisms, isolation, and characterization of red tide toxins; purification, characterization, cloning, and expression of clotting; and fibrinolytic proteins. At WPI I am employed in my dream job: lab instructor for the advanced-level BBT lab modules. Although I do not have a research lab at WPI, I do sponsor and mentor an MQP project through the BBT project lab that focuses on the use of crayfish as bioindicators of PAH contamination in river sediment.

Research Interests

  • PAH contamination of river sediment and crayfish as bioindicators (WPI--MQP only)


  • BA Chemistry, Hope College, 1976
  • MS Organic Chemistry, Purdue University, 1979
  • PhD Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
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