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Rebecca Lee Smith

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
2001 South Lincoln Avenue
Urbana, IL 61802
M/C 002
Urbana, IL  61802

Education

  • PhD in Epidemiology, Department of Population Medicine, Cornell University. Minors: Applied Economics and Management, Statistics
  • MS in Biosecurity and Risk Analysis, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University. 
  • DVM, School of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. 
  • B.A. in Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, MN.  Minor: English

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, 2011-2014
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University (Advisor, Yrjö Gröhn), full-time graduate student, 2007-2011
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Kansas State University (Advisor, Michael Sanderson), full-time graduate student, 2005-2007

Research Interests

  • Infectious disease control
    • Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases
    • Model parameterization
    • Dynamics of co-infection
  • Economics of livestock disease
    • Optimization of disease control
  • Mycobacterial disease control

Links

show listCourses Taught

Current

  • Epidemiology Seminar, PATH527, every semester
  • Principles and Methods of Epidemiology, PATH517, every fall

Previous

  • Introduction to Epidemiology (VetPMD 6640), Cornell University Fall 2010-2012. 
  • Mathematical and Epidemiological Modeling of Endemic Infectious Disease, Cornell University Summer 2011. 
  • Advanced Epidemiology (VetPMD 6660), Cornell University Fall 2008-2009 (TA). 
  • Epidemic! workshop for Expanding Your Horizons (EYH), 2008-2011. 

show listCurrent Projects

  • Mathematical and Statistical Modeling of Mycobacterial Disease Control
  • Secondary analysis of data from the Midlife Women's Health Study 
  • Using gene expression data to improve breast cancer treatment and survival
  • Optimization of Multi-Disease Agent-Based Models to Improve Infectious Disease Management
  • Tick-related Diseases at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface
  • One Health, Many Microbiomes

show listGrants

  • Exposure Risks of Pathogens and Disinfection Byproducts from Recycled Water Used for Irrigation: Farmer Safety First (co-PI).  EPA 2016. (Nguyen, T.H., PI)

  • Optimization of Agent-Based Models to Improve Infectious Disease Management.  NCSA Faculty Fellowship.  6/1/2016-5/31/2017.

  • Understanding cancer disparities using integrative –omics approaches (co-PI).  FIRE 2016. (Madak-Erdogan, Z., Co-PI)

  • Mathematical and Statistical Modeling of Mycobacterial Disease Control.  NIH/NCRR award number K01RR032078-01 (now NIH/ORIP award number 8K01OD010968-02).  Project Period: 4/1/2011-3/31/2016.

show listHonors and Awards

  • Mark Gearhart Award. Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, December, 2011. 
  • Guild of St. Ansgar. Gustavus Adolphus College, May 2001.

show listProfessional Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association, 2005-present, Member
  • American Dairy Science Association, 2010-2011, Member 
  • Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, 2012-present, Member
  • United States Animal Health Association, 2014-present, Member
  • Association of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, 2014-present, Director