Davida Smyth

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Davida Smyth


  • PhD, Microbiology
    Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    Dissertation: "Molecular Genetic Typing of Staphylococcus aureus from Cows, Goats, Sheep, Rabbits and Chickens"
  • BA (Mod.), Microbiology
    Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics
    Moyne Institute of Preventive Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Courses Taught at City Tech:

  • BIO 1101 – General Biology I lecture and laboratory
  • BIO 3302 – Microbiology lecture and laboratory
  • ENG 1773 – Weird Science: Interpreting and Redefining Humanity – Guest instructor
  • MED 3910 – Internship in Biomedical Informatics - Coordinator

Research Interests:

  • Staphylococcal Genomics and Adaptation
  • Role of mobile DNA in Staphylococcal evolution
  • Staphylococcal biofilms and antibiotic resistance
  • Metagenomics of Environmental Bacteria
  • Student Reading Skills in STEM
  • Incorporating Authentic Research into the Biology Curriculum

Previous Appointments:

  • Adjunct Instructor, Microbiology
    Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, New York
  • Research Scientist
    Skirball Institute, NYU Langone Medical Centre, New York
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Mississippi Medical Centre, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY


  • Guinane, C. M., D. E. Sturdevant, L. Herron-Olson, M. Otto, D. S. Smyth, A. E. Villaruz, V. Kapur, P. J. Hartigan, C. J. Smyth, and J. R Fitzgerald. (2008). Pathogenomic analysis of the common bovine Staphylococcus aureus clone (ET3): emergence of a virulent subtype with potential risk to public health. J Infect Dis 197:205-213.
  • Collery, M. M., D. S. Smyth, J. M. Twohig, A. C. Shore, D. C. Coleman, and C. J. Smyth. (2008). Molecular typing of nasal carriage isolates of Staphylococcus aureus from an Irish university student population based on toxin gene PCR,agr locus types and multiple locus, variable number tandem repeat analysis. J Med Microbiol 57:348-358.
  • McCalla, C., D. S. Smyth, D. A. Robinson, J. Steenbergen, S. A. Luperchio, P. A. Moise, V. G. Fowler Jr, and G. Sakoulas. (2008). Microbiological and genotypic analysis of methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 52:3441-3443.
  • Collery, M. M., D. S. Smyth, J. J. Tumilty, J. M. Twohig, and C. J. Smyth. (2009). Associations between enterotoxin gene cluster types egc1, egc2 and egc3, agrtypes, enterotoxin and enterotoxin-like gene profiles, and molecular typing characteristics of human nasal carriage and animal isolates of Staphylococcus aureus. J Med Microbiol 58:13-25.
  • Moise, P. A., D. S. Smyth, D. A. Robinson, N. El-Fawal, C. McCalla, and G. Sakoulas. (2009). Genotypic and phenotypic relationships among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from three multicentre bacteraemia studies. J Antimicrob Chemother 63:873-876.
  • Smyth, D. S., E. J. Feil, W. J. Meaney, P. J. Hartigan, T. Tollersrud, J. R. Fitzgerald, M. C. Enright, and C. J. Smyth. (2009). Molecular genetic typing reveals further insights into the diversity of animal-associated S. aureus. J Med Microbiol 58:1343-53.
  • Smyth, D. S. and D. A. Robinson. (2009). Integrative and sequence characteristics of a novel genetic element, ICE6013, in Staphylococcus aureus. J Bacteriol 191:5964-75.
  • Wong, A., S. P. Reddy, D. S. Smyth, M. Aguero-Rosenfeld, G. Sakoulas, and D. A. Robinson. (2009). Polyphyletic emergence of linezolid-resistant Staphylococci in the United States. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 54: 742-748.
  • Smyth, D. S., L. K. McDougal, F. W. Gran, A. Manoharan, M. C. Enright, J. H. Song, H. de Lencastre, and D. A. Robinson. (2009). Population Structure of a Hybrid Clonal Group of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, ST239-MRSA-III. PLoS ONE 5:e8582
  • Chen, L., J. R. Mediavilla, D. S. Smyth, K. D. Chavda, R. Ionescu, R. B. Roberts, D. A. Robinson, and B. N. Kreiswirth. (2010). Identification of a novel transposon (Tn6072) and a truncated SCCmec element in ST239 methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 54:3347-3354.
  • Smyth, D. S., A. Wong, and Robinson D. A. (2010). Evidence for spread of particular SCCmec type IV variants among Staphylococci. Inf Gen Evol 11:446-453.
  • Guinane, C. M., N. L. Ben Zakour, L. A. Weinert, B. V. Lowder, R. Cartwright, D. S. Smyth, C. J. Smyth, J. Lindsay, J. Hinds, J. Bollback, A. Rambaut, J. Penades, and J. R. Fitzgerald. (2010). Evolutionary genomics reveals the molecular basis for the small ruminant Staphylococcus aureus biotype. Genome Biol Evol 2:454-466.
  • Chen, L., Shopsin, B., Zhau, Y., Smyth, D., Wasserman, G. A., Fang, C, Liu, L. and B. N. Kreiswirth. (2012). A real-time nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (NASBA) assay for rapid detection and quantification of agrfunctionality in clinical Staphylococcus aureus isolates. J Clin Microbiol 50:657-61.
  • Smyth, D. S., and D.A. Robinson. (2010). Population genetics of Staphylococcus. In Bacterial Population Genetics in Infectious Disease, Edited by D. Ashley Robinson, Daniel Falush and Edward J. Feil. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Smyth, D. S., Kafer, J. M., Wasserman, G. A., Velickovic, L., Mathema, .B, Holzman, R. S., Knipe, T. A., Becker, K., von Eiff, C., Peters, G., Chen, L., Kreiswirth, B. N., Novick, R. P., and B. Shopsin. (2012). Nasal carriage as a source of agr-defective Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. J Infect Dis 206:1168-77.
  • Mendes, R. E., Deshpande, L. M., Smyth, D. S., Shopsin, B., Farrell, D. J., and R. N. Jones. (2012) Characterization of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains recovered from a phase IV clinical trial for linezolid versus vancomycin for treatment of nosocomial pneumonia. J Clin Microbiol 50:3694-702.
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