People

Postdoc & Student Positions Available!

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

Amber is an Assistant 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 University of Utah in 2009 under the mentorship of Dr. Fred Adler. She did her postdoctoral training at the Los Alamos National Laboratory with Dr. Alan Perelson and 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.

lindeylane Lindey Lane, B.S.
Senior Research Assistant

Lindey recently graduated with her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University. She joined the lab full time in 2016 and was previously in the lab as a summer student in 2015. She started her Masters in Pharmacology in August 2017 and plans to attend medical school afterwards.

Picture Coming! Gaby Hochu, B.S.
Biomedical Modeler

Bio coming!

Students

maggiemyers Maggie Myers
Undergraduate Student

Maggie is originally from Memphis and is in the class of 2018 at Rhodes College, where she is majoring in Biomathematics. Her research interests include mathematical modeling of biological systems. Her research is focused on modeling immune response kinetics to influenza infection and on modeling cancer cell networks and their response to radiation therapy, ablation therapy, and hyperthermia treatment. Maggie plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in Biomathematics or a related field.

Alumni

2015-2017 Veronika Bernhaurova,
Postdoc
2014-2017 David Moquin, UTHSC
Medical Student
2016-2017 Kimbra Turner, Notre Dame
Postdoc
2015, 2016 Gaby Hochu, NC State
St. Jude POE Summer Student
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
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Smith Lab 2016