Imaging Core Manager
Assistant Research Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Office: 316 Barnard Hall
Specialty: Correlative analytical imaging
- Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Center for Biofilm Engineering, 2016–2018
- PhD, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, 2016
Dissertation: “Microbial community composition and the transformation of dissolved organic matter in supraglacial environments”
In 2018, Heidi Smith joined the CBE as its imaging core manager. Dr. Smith oversees a multi-million-dollar microscopy facility that provides services to all researchers in the CBE. Dr. Smith plays a vital role in facilitating techniques and technology to understand how different microorganisms within complex microbial communities interact in diverse environments. She is focused on developing new ways to bring together disparate microscopy platforms in a manner that is beneficial for CBE researchers as well as CBE industrial members. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has been engaged in collaborative, interdisciplinary research across a variety of ecosystems. She has attended numerous courses on image analysis and has expertise in data sequencing, EEMS spectral analysis, laser microdissection microscopy, BONCAT, and FISH. As a PhD student, Dr. Smith earned a competitive 3-year NASA Earth and Space Fellowship as well as an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Germany. She graduated in 2016 with a PhD in ecology and environmental sciences from Montana State University. Dr. Smith is also an assistant research professor in MSU's Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
The CBE Bio-Imaging Core Facility includes four separate laboratories—the Optical Microscopy Lab, the Confocal Microscopy Lab, the Chemical Imaging Lab, and the Microscope Resource Room and Digital Imaging Lab. Instrumentation in the facility includes two confocal microscopes, digital imaging equipment that can create time-lapse movies of microscopic samples, a Raman confocal microscope, and multiple high-end optical microscopes and stereo microscopes. For questions about the facility and its capabilities, email Dr. Smith.
Publications (searchable by author)
“Cryospheric science: The power of glacial microbes” Nature Geoscience: News and Views April 3, 2017
“MSU scientists publish study on glacial carbon cycle” MSU News April 3, 2017
“Glacier bacteria’s contribution to carbon cycling” Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology. April 03, 2017
“Hotspots for biological activity and carbon cycling on glaciers” Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology June 13, 2016