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Research Interests

My research focuses on epidemiology, specifically the mathematical and statistical modeling of disease, with an emphasis on control. I am particularly interested in the ways that data can be used for real-time response to disease.


I teach Principles and Methods of Epidemiology, PATH 517, every fall. I also lead the discussion-based Epidemiology/Parasitology Seminar, PATH 527, most springs, with a changing topic each semester. I co-facilitating a new course on Global One Health: Infectious Diseases, being held in Fall 2019 under PATH 494. I am also available for independent studies related to epidemiology and disease modeling.



Education/Academic qualification

epidemiology, PhD, Cornell University

biosecurity and risk analysis, MS, Kansas State University

veterinary, DVM, Cornell University


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • epidemiology
  • disease modeling
  • data analysis

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Research Output 2006 2019

  • 54 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Comment/debate

Assessment of the bovine tuberculosis elimination protocol in the United States

Verteramo Chiu, L. J., Tauer, L. W., Smith, R. L. & Grohn, Y. T., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Dairy Science. 102, 3, p. 2384-2400 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bovine Tuberculosis
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United States Department of Agriculture
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Epidemiology of emydoidea herpesvirus 1 in free-ranging blanding's turtles (emydoidea blandingii) from Illinois

Lindemann, D. M., Allender, M. C., Thompson, D., Glowacki, G. A., Newman, E. M., Adamovicz, L. A. & Smith, R. L., Sep 23 2019, In : Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 50, 3, p. 547-556 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

radio transmitters

Florida arsenic distribution index: Quantifying the distribution of past and present arsenic usage

Scott-Richardson, M., O’Hara Ruiz, M. & Smith, R. L., Mar 1 2019, In : International journal of environmental research and public health. 16, 5, 744.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Free fatty acids rewire cancer metabolism in obesity-associated breast cancer via estrogen receptor and mTOR signaling

Madak-Erdogan, Z., Band, S., Zhao, Y. C., Smith, B. P., Kulkoyluoglu-Cotul, E., Zuo, Q., Casiano, A. S., Wrobel, K., Rossi, G., Smith, R. L., Kim, S. H., Katzenellenbogen, J. A., Johnson, M. L., Patel, M., Marino, N., Storniolo, A. M. V. & Flaws, J. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Cancer Research. 79, 10, p. 2494-2510 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Estrogen Receptor alpha
Nonesterified Fatty Acids
Estrogen Receptors
Breast Neoplasms



Smith, R. L. (Creator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dec 15 2017



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