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Research Journey


Ph.D. Genetics & Genomics
Duke University
Durham, NC
Advisor: Dr. Clare Smith

B.S. Molecular Biology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX


Summer Associate Internship
Analysis Group
San Francisco, CA
Summer 2022
Advisor: Dr. Dave Nellesen

Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship
Pasteur Institute
Paris, France
Summer 2018
Advisors: Dr. Xavier Montagutelli; Dr. Jean Jaubert

Research Assistant
Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg (UKGM)
Marburg, Germany
Fall 2017
Advisor: Dr. Jörg Hänze

Research Summer Intern
Trinity Translational Medicine Institute
Dublin, Ireland
Summer 2017
Advisors: Dr. Mark Little, Dr. Alan Kennedy

Undergraduate Research Assistant
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, TX
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Delk

Honors & Awards

  • DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics from the Genetics Society of America (2023)
  • Graduate Student Pilot Research Grant from Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory & Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (2023)
  • Poster at the Inaugural Duke BioCoRE Early Start Symposium (2023)
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation at the 38th International Mammalian Genome Conference, Genetics Society of America & International Mammalian Genome Society (2023)
  • Best Graduate Student Poster at 3rd Annual Trainee Symposium, Duke Human Vaccine Institute (2022)
  • Selected Speaker for 2nd Annual Trainee Symposium, Duke Human Vaccine Institute (2021)
  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Duke University (2019)
  • BioCoRE Graduate Scholarship, Duke University (2019)
  • Major Honors with Distinction, The University of Texas at Dallas (2019)
  • Pasteur Foundation Summer Intern, Pasteur Institute (2018)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (2018)
  • Sigma Xi Research Honors Society Associate Membership (2018)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The University of Texas at Dallas (2017)
  • Eugene McDermott Scholarship, The University of Texas at Dallas (2015)


Meade, RK; Long JE; Jinich, A; Rhee, KY; Ashbrook, DG; Williams, RW; Sassetti, CM; Smith CM. “Genome-wide screen identifies host loci that modulate M. tuberculosis fitness in immunodivergent mice.” G3, 2023. (PMID: 36945430)

Wilburn, KM; Meade, RK; Heckenberg, EM; Dockterman, J; Coers, J; Sassetti, CM; Olive, AJ; Smith, CM. “Differential requirement for IRGM proteins during tuberculosis infection in mice.” Infection & Immunity, 2023. (PMID: 36629440)

Smith, CM; Baker, RE; Proulx, MK; Mishra, BB; Long, JE; Park, SW; Lee, H; Kiritsy, MC; Bellerose, MM; Olive, AJ; Murphy, K; Papavinasasundaram, K; Boehm, F; Reames, C; Meade, RK; Hampton, BK; Linnertz, C; Ehrt, S; Schnappinger, D; de Villena, FPM; Ferris, MT; Ioerger, TR; Sassetti, CM. “Host-pathogen genetic interactions underlie tuberculosis susceptibility in genetically diverse mice,” eLife, 2022. (PMID: 35112666)

Nawas, AF; Kanchwala, M; Thomas-Jardin, SE; Dahl, H; Daescu, K; Bautista, M; Anunobi, V; Wong, A; Meade, RK; Mistry, R; Ghatwai, N; Bayerl, F; Xing, C; Delk, NA, “IL-1-conferred gene expression pattern in ERα+ BCa and AR+ PCa cells is intrinsic to ERα– BCa and AR– PCa cells and promotes cell survival,” BMC Cancer, 20(46), 2020. (PMID: 31959131)

Zhang, J; Teh, M; Kim, J; Eva, MM; Cayrol, R; Meade, RK; Nijnik, A; Montagutelli, X; Malo, D; Jaubert, J, “A loss-of-function mutation in Itgal contributes to the high susceptibility of Collaborative Cross strain CC042 to Salmonella infections,” Infection and Immunity, 88(1), 2019. (PMID: 31636138)

Thomas, SE; Kanchwala, MS; Jacob, J; Merchant, S; Meade, RK; Ghanim, NM; Nawas, AF; Xing, C; Delk, NA, “Identification of an IL-1 induced gene expression pattern in AR+ PCa cells that mimics the molecular phenotype of AR– PCa cells,” The Prostate, 78(8), 595-606, 2018. (PMID: 29527701)