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ASmith_BMC Amber M. Smith, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Amber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Institute for the Study of Host-Pathogen Systems at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She is a mathematical biologist trained in both Applied Mathematics and Experimental Microbiology and Immunology. She received her Ph.D. from the Mathematical Biology program at the University of Utah under the mentorship of Dr. Fred Adler, and completed postdoctoral training in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory with Dr. Alan Perelson and in Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with Dr. Jon McCullers.

Laboratory Staff

amandasmith Amanda Smith, M.S.
Lab Manager/Senior Research Specialist

Amanda holds a B.A. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.S. in Infectious Disease and Microbiology from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Her graduate work focused on the cutaneous immune response to dengue virus. Before joining the lab in 2014, she worked as a lab manager and technician at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Vaccine Research, studying Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) and dengue virus immunology.

SydneyBusch Sydney Busch
Biomedical Modeler

Sydney graduated from Augsburg University with a B.S. in mathematics with a focus on biological sciences. Her current research is on modeling respiratory syncytial virus dynamics in infants. Sydney is currently attending graduate school in Biostatistics at Emory.

Postdoctoral Fellows

LubnaPinky Lubna Pinky

Lubna joined the lab in 2018 after she earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Texas Christian University. Her research is on developing and analyzing mathematical models to better understand infection biology. She’s particularly interested in how viruses, like influenza, parainfluenza, respiratory syncytial virus, interact with a host during single infections and coinfections.

IvanRamirezZuniga Ivan Ramirez-Zuniga

Before joining the Smith Lab, Ivan completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Pittsburgh in July 2020.  He also has a M.S. in Mathematics from East Tennessee State University and a B.S. in Mathematics from the Universidad de Costa Rica.  His research focuses on developing, calibrating, and using mathematical models to understand the role of energy production & consumption during pathogenic infections. He’s particularly interested in sepsis and whether poor energy availability and production is responsible for systemic inflammation.


2020-2021 Rosemary Aogo
2015-2019 Lindey Lane
Senior Research Assistant
2016-2019 Maggie Myers
Rhodes-St. Jude Summer Plus Student/Biomedical Modeler
2015, 2016, 2017-2018 Gaby Hochu
St. Jude POE Summer Student/Biomedical Modeler
2017-2018 Emily Weatherman, UT-Knoxville
Summer student
2015-2017 Veronika Bernhauerova
2014-2017 David Moquin, UTHSC
Medical Student
2016-2017 Kimbra Turner, Notre Dame
2015 Luciana Tavares, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), Visiting Graduate Student
2015 Amy Mirro, Washington University in St. Louis
St. Jude POE Summer Student
2013 Hayley Arceneaux, SE Louisiana State University, St. Jude POE Summer Student
Smith Lab 2016