Elizabeth Marie Smith Black was born in Dallas, Texas on April 23, 1957, the Daughter of Marie Williams Smith and John Allen Smith. After completing her work at Lamar High School, Houston, Texas in 1975, she entered Rice University in Houston, Texas. She received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in biochemistry from Rice in May, 1979. For the next three years, she worked as a research technician in the Department of Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. In September of 1982 she entered The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
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