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Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith

G1 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • William Drobyski, MD


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BS, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2018

Research Interests

Cancer immunology

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2022-present
Advisor: William Drobyski, MD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 2018-2020
Advisor: Kai Wucherpfennig, MD, PhD
Project: Immunological mechanisms of novel epitope-focused cancer vaccine

University of Notre Dame, 2016-2018
Advisor: Miguel Morales, PhD
Project 1: The role of Leishmania phosphatase PP5 in parasite pathogenicity
Project 2: Efficacy of novel topical ointment on cutaneous leishmaniasis in murine model

Harvard Medical School, Summer 2017
Advisor: Max Nibert, MD, PhD
Project: Beta vulgaris mitovirus 1 in diverse cultivars of beet and chard


Badrinath S, Dellacherie MO, Li A, Zheng S, Zhang X, Sobral M, Pyrdol JW, Smith KL, Lu Y, Haag S, Ijaz H, Connor-Stroud F, Kaisho T, Dranoff G, Yuan GC, Mooney DJ, Wucherpfennig KW. A vaccine targeting resistant tumours by dual T cell plus NK cell attack. Nature. 2022 May 25. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04772-4. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35614223.

Vong M, Manny AR, Smith KL, Gao W, Nibert ML. Beta vulgaris mitovirus 1 in diverse cultivars of beet and chard. Virus Res. 2019 Mar 8;265:80-87

Norris-Mullins B, Krivda JS, Smith KL, Ferrell MJ, Morales MA. Leishmania phosphatase PP5 is a regulator of HSP83 phosphorylation and essential for parasite pathogenicity. Parasitol Res. 2018 Sep;117(9):2971-2985

General Interests

Photography, fostering kittens, and baking