Positions Available

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, and has a joint position in Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. She received her B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the Colorado School of Mines, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Utah, and postdocs in Biophysics and Theoretical Biology at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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.

IvanRamirezZuniga Ivan Ramirez-Zuniga, Ph.D.

Ivan completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Pittsburgh in 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.

Jordan Jordan Weaver, Ph.D.

Jordan completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in 2022. He also has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering fro the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His research interests include developing mechanistic models of viral infections, virtual patient cohorts, and open-source Python tools.

Amaya Amaya Weerasinghe
Graduate Student

Amaya received her B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences in Sri Lanka. Before joining the biomedical sciences graduate program at UTHSC, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Sri Lanka College of Endocrinology and as a Teaching Assistant at the same university where she graduated.


2018-2021 Lubna Pinky, Postdoc
2020-2021 Rosemary Aogo, Postdoc
2018-2020 Sydney Busch, Summer Student/Biomedical Modeler
2015-2019 Lindey Lane. Senior Research Assistant
2016-2019 Maggie Myers, Rhodes-St. Jude Summer Plus Student/Biomedical Modeler
2015-2018 Gaby Hochu, St. Jude POE Summer Student/Biomedical Modeler
2017-2018 Emily Weatherman, Summer student
2015-2017 Veronika Bernhauerova, Postdoc
2014-2017 David Moquin, Medical student
2016-2017 Kimbra Turner, Postdoc
2015 Luciana Tavares, Visiting graduate student
2015 Amy Mirro, St. Jude POE summer student
2013 Hayley Arceneaux, St. Jude POE summer student
Smith Lab 2016