Dr. Tara C. Smith
Dr. Tara C. Smith is the mother of 3 ranging in age from 1 to 15, and lives in rural Ohio. She is an infectious disease epidemiologist, currently on the faculty of Kent State University College of Public Health. Dr. Smith’s research generally focuses on zoonotic infections (infections which are transferred between animals and humans) and antibiotic resistance. She is also very active in science communication and outreach. She has maintained a science blog for 10 years, and has written books on Group A Streptococcus, Group B Streptococcus, and Ebola. She also writes about infectious disease for Slate.com, Mic.com and other sites, and is a member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society.