Christopher M. Smith, MA, CMI
A Maryland native, Chris always had a passion for scientific exploration and artistic expression. After graduating from Salisbury University with a degree in Exercise Science, he spent the following year studying at the Schuler School of Fine Art Atelier in Baltimore, MD. There he learned the artistic techniques of the old masters, studying oil painting, sculpture and drawing. Christopher is a graduate of the Art as Applied to Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has received many awards for both his medical and biological illustrations from the Association of Medical Illustrators, and medical publishers such as Elsevier. Chris is also a published author of both peer-reviewed research papers and scientific textbooks on the evolutionary developmental biology of human musculoskeletal morphology.
Currently, Christopher is both Medical Illustrator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a Ph.D. student in Physical Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City Univeristy of New York in New York City. While Chris’s scientific interests lie in all fields of biology and medicine, his deepest passions reside in evolutionary and developmental biology, comparative morphology, and craniofacial malformations. To see Christopher’s current book publications please visit his author pages at CRC Press and Amazon.
-Inez Demonet Award, 2014, Vesalius Trust, for the highest academic achievement and most promise for contributions to the field of medical illustration (1 awarded in US/Canada)
-Vesalian Scholar, 2014, Vesalius Trust, scholarship grant for thesis research (4 awarded in US/Canada)
-William P. Didusch Scholarship, 2012, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
-W.B. Saunders Scholarship, 2012, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
-Honorable Mention, 2013, Schuler School of Fine Arts 4th Annual Fur to Feathers Juried Exhibition
-First Place, 2012, Schuler School of Fine Arts 3rd Annual Fur to Feathers Juried Exhibition
Loganathan, R., B.J. Rongish, C. M. Smith, A. Czirok, B. Benazeraf, C.D. Little. Emergent tissue-scale motion patterns and extracellular matrix dynamics characterize amniote morphogenesis. Development. Submitted
Diogo R., Esteve-Altava, B., C.M. Smith, J.C. Boughner & D. Rasskin-Gutman. (2015). Anatomical Network Comparison of Human Upper and Lower, Newborn and Adult, and Normal and Abnormal Limbs, with Notes on Development, Pathology and Limb Serial Homology vs. Homoplasy. PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.014003
Diogo R., C.M. Smith, & J.M. Ziermann. (2015). Evolutionary Developmental Pathology and Anthropology: a new field linking development, comparative anatomy, human evolution, morphological variations and defects, and medicine. Developmental Dynamics. DOI: 10.1002/DVDY.24336
Esteve-Altava, B., R. Diogo, C.M. Smith, J.C. Boughner & D. Rasskin-Gutman (2015). What’s in your head: anatomical networks link human musculoskeletal modularity, facial expression, and disease. Scientific Reports (Nature Group). 5(8298): doi:10.1038/srep08298.
Diogo R., S. Walsh, C.M. Smith, J.M. Ziermann & V. Abdala. (2015) Resolution of a long-standing question: limb muscle identity and attachments are mainly related to topological position and not to anlage or homeotic identity of digits. Journal of Anatomy. doi: 10.1111/joa.12301.
Diogo, R., D. Noden, C.M. Smith, J.L. Molnar, M. Shaw, J. Boughner & M.A. Aziz. Learning and understanding human anatomy and pathology: an evolutionary and developmental guide for medical students. Taylor & Francis (Oxford, UK). In press.
Smith C.M., J.L. Molnar, J.M. Ziermann, M.C. Gondre-Lewis, C. Sandone, E.T. Bersu, A.M. Aziz, & R. Diogo (2015). Muscular and skeletal anomalies in human trisomy in an evo-devo context: description of a T18 cyclopic newborn and comparison between Edwards (T18), Patau (T13) and Down (T21) syndromes using 3-D imaging and anatomical illustrations. Taylor and Francis (Oxford, UK).