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    Rebecca Lee Smith

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Address and Contact Information

    2001 South Lincoln Avenue
    Urbana, IL 61802
    M/C 002
    Urbana, IL  61802


    • 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

    Courses Taught


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


    • 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. 

    Current 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


    • 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.

    Honors and Awards

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

    Professional 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

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