Cathie Smith

TDAI Managing Director

Dr. Smith officially joined the TDAI team in December 2018 as Managing Director, having spent the previous seven months supporting institute efforts in developing partnerships with industry and planning the professional science master’s program in translational data analytics. As Managing Director, she partners with the faculty director to set strategic direction, provides leadership for external partnerships, and works closely with the Associate Director to oversee project and resource management. Previously Dr. Smith served as Chief Operating Officer and Business Development Director of OSU’s Infectious Diseases Institute, providing leadership to define strategic vision and implement programmatic elements, including building external partnerships. Prior to joining Ohio State, she managed scientific R&D programs at Battelle in the Health & Life Sciences Global Business Unit, including complex, multi-institutional partnerships between industry, universities and the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories across the U.S. Dr. Smith holds PhD and MS degrees in Biomedical Sciences/Molecular Biology, an MBA from Ohio State, and is a certified Project Management Professional.