College of Agriculture

Logan Smith

Assistant Professor

Personal Information

Logan Smith returned to his alma mater in the fall of 2018 as an assistant professor in animal science. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science at Chico State in 2002, followed by a masters in animal biology and PhD in molecular, cellular, and integrative physiology, both from UC Davis. His graduate work focused on FGFR3, a gene responsible for dwarfism and increased bone growth in livestock and other species. He later completed a post-doctoral fellowship in human health at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he studied the causes of chronic fatigue in former cancer patients. Smith is proficient in animal models, cell culture, and molecular genetic techniques.

Before returning to CSU, Chico as a professor, Smith spent five years in his native Siskiyou County, where he worked as a senior program manager for the Siskiyou Economic Development Council and also taught a variety of courses in biology and agriculture at College of the Siskiyous.

Smith enjoys hiking, teaching, and learning new skills. 


  • ANSC 271 – Principles of Beef Cattle Production
  • AGRI 305 – Agricultural Genetics
  • ANSC 440 – Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Animal Science (ASAS)
  • North Americans Colleges of Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems (CRARS) 


  • Carter D, Sheppard C, Zoellick JI, Brown N, Smith LB. (2014). Upstate Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project. California Energy Commission, Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle, Technology Program Final Project Report. CEC-ARV-12-007
  • Smith LB, Leo MC, Anderson C, Wright TJ, Weymann KB, Wood LJ. (2014). The role of IL-1β and TNF-α signaling in the genesis of cancer treatment related symptoms (CTRS): A study using cytokine receptor-deficient mice. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, ISSN 0889-1591, PMID: 24412646.
  • Wong J, Smith LB, Magun EA, Engstrom T, Kelley-howard K, Jandhyala DM, Thorpe CM, Magun BE, Wood LJ. (2013).  Small molecule kinase inhibitors block the ZAK-dependent inflammatory effects of doxorubicin. Cancer Biol Ther. 14(1):56-63. PMID: 23114643.
  • Smith LB, Belanger JM, Oberbauer AM. Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 effects on proliferation and telomerase activity in sheep growth plate chondrocytes. (2012). J Anim Sci Biotechnol.; 3(1):39-46. PMID: 23216972
  • Smith LB and Oberbauer AM. (2010). Ontogeny: Skeleton. Encyclopedia of Animal Science, 2nd Ed. 848-851 SE. DOI:10.1081/E-EAS2-120045726
  • Smith LB, Bannasch DL, Young AE, Grossman DI, Belanger JM, Oberbauer AM. (2008). Canine Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3 sequence is conserved across dogs of divergent skeletal size. BMC Genetics.; 9(1): PMID: 18940000.
  • Smith LB, Dally M, Sainz RD, Rodrigue K, Oberbauer AM. (2006). Enhanced skeletal growth of sheep heterozygous for an inactivated Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 3. J Anim Sci.; 84(11):2942-9. PMID: 17032787 - Presented at Animal Biology Colloquium, Davis, CA, Spring 2005.
  • Oberbauer AM, Stiglich C, Murray JD, Keen CL, Fong DL, Smith LB, Cushwa S. (2004). Dissociation of body growth and adipose deposition effects of growth hormone in oMt1a-oGH transgenic mice. Growth Dev Aging.; 68(1):33-45. PMID: 15307663.


  • Smith LB, Daley CA, Cooley CL, Early AM. (2002). The effects of steroidogenic growth promotants on steer performance, carcass quality, and tenderness, and intramuscular lipid content.  J Anim Sci.; 80(Suppl. 1):127 (#515) - Presented talk at undergraduate statewide research competition (Long Beach, California) Fall 2001. Also presented talk at international ASAS conference (Quebec, Canada). Winter 2002
Portrait of Logan Smith