Jennifer Smith

Dr. Jennifer Smith

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Jennifer Smith, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology


Dr. Jennifer S. Smith’s research focuses primarily on human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, both in North Carolina and around the globe, with attention on prevention through screening and vaccination. Read More

Dr. Smith has spent over 15 years studying human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, primarily in China, Kenya, North Carolina, and South Africa, with a focus on prevention via screening or prophylactic HPV vaccines. Dr. Smith is also involved in research related to the sero-epidemiology of herpes simplex virus infections.

At present, she is Principal Investigator on a study to validate self-sampling as a collection method to detect HPV infection among high-risk women with infrequent histories of cervical cancer screening in North Carolina. Dr. Smith recently completed an NCI R01 study, the Effect of Male Circumcision on the Natural History of Penile HPV Infection in Kisumu, Kenya  in order to investigate the influence of male circumcision on the natural history of penile HPV infection. She is also working in Nairobi to investigate the natural history of HPV infection and cervical neoplasia among high-risk women in relation to co-existent sexually transmitted infections and HIV.  Dr. Smith is currently conducting self-screening demonstration projects of HPV infection among high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya and in rural North Carolina. Dr. Smith is the Director  of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition and has published over 170 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, of which over 140 are related to HPV infection and HPV-associated diseases, including cervical, anal, vaginal, vulvar and penile cancers. She is also affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (Cancer Epidemiology), UNC Center for AIDS Research, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar program, and the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research.

Dr. Smith is a strong advocate for cervical cancer programs for underserved women both in the United States and globally.

Active Projects

  • University of North Carolina Women’s Interagency HIV Study (UNC WIHS)
  • Issues in Implementation of Adolescent Vaccination in Schools
  • Multi-site HPV Vaccine Acceptability Study
  • NCCU-LCCC Partnership In Cancer Research (2 of 2)


  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United States



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