Dr. Smith’s research generally focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which are transferred between animals and humans). She was the first to identify livestock-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the United States, and has pioneered the investigation of this organism in the U.S. Dr. Smith has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. (Full publication list can be found at Google Scholar or Academia.edu; a full CV can be found here). She has received over $3 million in funding from AHRQ, USDA, and NIOSH to carry out these studies.
She has presented her research at numerous national and international platforms, including talks on Capitol Hill on the topic of agriculture and antibiotic resistance. Her work has been profiled in many major publications, including Science, Nature, and The New York Times, as well as in “Superbug: the Fatal Menace of MRSA” by Maryn McKenna and “Pig Tales: an Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat” by Barry Estabrook.Dr. Smith is also very active in science communication and outreach. In addition to maintaining this blog since 2005, she has written books on Group A Streptococcus, Group B Streptococcus, and Ebola. A second book on Ebola published by MIT Press, “Ebola’s Message,” was published in 2016. She also writes about infectious disease for Slate, MentalFloss, and other sites (full list here), pens a column for SELF.com, and serves as a member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.
She lives in rural Ohio with her partner and her three children. Contact her: email@example.com.