Francis Smith, PhD

Francis Smith, PhD is a distinguished member of the scientific community at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. He is a postdoctoral research fellow studying gene mutations responsible for a rare disorder named Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) that strikes one in 50,000 births, affecting normal development of the head and face. But unlike most scientists, Francis carries the TCS gene mutations himself; he was born with no ears, no eye sockets or cheek bones, with a severe cleft palate, and a severely malformed jaw. He couldn’t even breathe at birth and was saved by an emergency tracheotomy.  After neonatal intensive care and years in a state foster-care system, Francis was adopted by a Christian family and went to school. His parents and teachers were amazed to see that this little boy, with such severe speech and hearing impediments, could be so intelligent. After more than 30 reconstructive surgeries and social bullying and discrimination, Francis carries an impressive resume including training on craniofacial disorders from London to San Francisco and giving several  international conferences on TCS. Due to several personal and administrative difficulties, Francis has not been able to renew his research funding and our student association is organizing this Funding Campaign to provide Francis with a one-year fellowship to continue his valuable research.

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