Co-instructor Deborah R. Smith, M.T.(A.S.C.P.), Ph.D. is a medical technologist, registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists – M.T.(A.S.C.P.). She earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Biophysical) and Microbiology/Molecular Genetics from Rutgers University. In addition to her hospital laboratory work as a Medical Technologist, Dr. Smith has been a Physiology recitation instructor for first year medical students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and instructed University of Iowa medical students in clinical microbiology. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Biology and Chemistry at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where she taught Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Cell Biology to Undergraduate and Graduate students. Dr. Smith served as Teller County (Colorado) Coroner from 1999 to 2003, is a Certified Death Investigator, and a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Pathology Section). She has served as Medical Editor for Colorado Springs Health Magazine and Colorado Health Magazine. She is also a life member of American Mensa and has served on the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Awards for Excellence in Research Committee. She is the author of several scientific publications and a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Manual.