Curriculum Vitae (download)

Contact Information:
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Rm. E3410
615 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21205
Ph. 410-955-3223

Education and Training:
2012                              Ph.D. in Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
                                         Advisor: Brian P. Lazzaro
2005                              B.S. in Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati OH
Related experience:
2012-Present                  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. Johns Hopkins     
                                         Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore MD.
2005 – 2006                   Research Assistant, Department of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Association

1. J. L. Ramirez*, S. M. Short*, A. Bahia, R. Saraiva, Y. Dong, S. Kang, A Tripathi, G. Mlambo and G. Dimopoulos. 2014. Chromobacterium Csp_P reduces malaria and dengue infection in vector mosquitoes and has entomopathogenic and in vitro anti-pathogen activities. PLoS Pathogens 10(10): e1004398.
*Co-first author

2. S.M. Short and B.P. Lazzaro. 2013. Reproductive status alters transcriptomic response to infection in female Drosophila melanogaster. Genes|Genomes|Genetics 3:827-840.

3. M. L. del Campo, R. Halitschke, S.M. Short, B.P. Lazzaro and A. Kessler. 2013. Dietary plant phenolic mediates tolerance to bacterial infection in Manduca sexta caterpillars. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 146:321-331.  

4. S.M. Short, M.F. Wolfner and B.P. Lazzaro. 2012. Female Drosophila melanogaster suffer reduced defense against infection due to seminal fluid components. J. Insect Physiol., 58:1192-1201.

5. S.M. Short and B.P. Lazzaro. 2010. Female and male genetic contributions to post-mating immune defence in female Drosophila melanogaster. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 277:3649-3657.

6. S.M. Short, B.J. Yoder, S.M. Tarr, N.L. Prescott, S. Laniauskas, K. Coleman, E. Downs-Kelly, J. Pettay, T.K. Choueiri, J.P. Crowe, R.R. Tubbs, G.T. Budd, D.G. Hicks. 2007. The expression of the cytoskeletal focal adhesion protein paxillin in breast cancer correlates with HER2 over-expression and may help predict response to cytotoxic chemotherapy. The Breast Journal, 13(2):130-139.

7. D.G. Hicks, B.J. Yoder, S.M. Short, S.M. Tarr, N. Prescott, J. P. Crowe, A. E. Dawson, G. T. Budd, S. Sizemore, M. Cicek, T. K. Choueiri, R. R. Tubbs, D. Gaile, N. Nowak, M. A. Accavitti-Loper, A. R. Frost, D. R. Welch, and G. Casey. 2006. Loss of Breast Cancer Metastasis Suppressor 1 Protein Expression Predicts Reduced Disease-Free Survival in Subsets of Breast Cancer Patients. Clin Cancer Res, 12: 6702-6708.

8. D.G. Hicks, S.M. Short, N.L. Prescott, S.M. Tarr, K.A. Coleman, B.J. Yoder, J.P. Crowe, T.K. Choueiri, A.E. Dawson, J. Pettay, G.T. Budd, R.R. Tubbs, G. Casey, R.J. Weil. 2006. Breast cancers with brain metastases are more likely to be estrogen receptor negative, express the basal cytokeratin CK5/6 and overexpress HER2 or EGFR.  Am J Surg Pathol, 30:1097-1104. 

Book Chapters:
B. Blumberg, S.M. Short, G. Dimopoulos. Employing the mosquito microbiome for disease control.  Genetic Control of Malaria and Dengue, ed. Z.N. Adelman, 2015.

2014-2017              Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2008-2011              Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellowship
2009, 2011, 2012    Cornell University Graduate School Conference Grant
2006-2007              Cornell University Presidential Life Sciences Fellowship
2006                       Indiana Metabolomics and Cytomics (METACyt) Initiative Award (declined)
2001-2005              St. Francis Xavier Scholarship, Xavier University

2016                       Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Student Assembly Postdoctoral Recognition Award
2015                       Young Investigator Award, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
2009                       Royal Entomological Society National Science Meeting, First place poster presentation
2007                       Rita and Joe Calvo Teaching Award

Teaching Experience:
Co-instructor           2015          Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Diseases, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
                              2014          Medical Entomology, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus

Contributor              2016          Vector Biology and Vector-Borne Diseases, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Topic:                                                        Arthropod-borne viruses)
                              2014          The Summer Institute in Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Johns Hopkins (Topics: Introduction to   
                                                   insects vectors, basic theory of vector biology, vector ecology and control)
                              2013          Molecular Entomology, Johns Hopkins (Topic: Microbiota of insect vectors)
                              2011          Guest lecturer for Sex, Genes and Evolution, Cornell University (Topic: Sexual selection and immunity)

Teaching Assistant    2008          Genetics, Cornell University
                              2007          Human Genetics and Society, Cornell University

Invited presentations:
2016                      University of Georgia, Department of Entomology, Athens, GA
                             Emory University, Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program, Atlanta, GA
2015                      National Evolutionary Synthesis Center Catalysis meeting: Ecological Immunology Applied to Vector Biology and                                          Vector-Borne Diseases, Durham, NC
                             Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Malaria Interest Group, Baltimore, MD
2013                      NIAID-sponsored workshop: Effect of Vector innate Immunity and Human-Derived Immune Molecules on the                                              Transmission of Vector-Borne Pathogens, Washington DC
2012                      Yale School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, New Haven, CT

Research presentations:
2015                     Oral presentation: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia PA
                            Oral presentation: Keystone Symposia Conference, The Arthropod Vector: The Controller of Transmission, Taos, NM
                            Poster presentation: The Future of Malaria Research: A Young Scientists’ Meeting, Rockville, MD
2014                     Poster presentation: Keystone Symposia Conference, Mechanisms and Consequences of Invertebrate-Microbe                                          Interactions, Tahoe City, CA
                            Poster presentation: Baltimore-Washington Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute Symposium: Microbe-based                                     malaria control, Rockville, MD
2013                     Poster presentation: American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Washington D.C.
2012                     Poster presentation: Drosophila Research Conference, Chicago, IL
2011                     Oral presentation: Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA
2010                     Poster presentation: Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease meeting, Ithaca, NY
                            Oral presentation: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Symposium, Ithaca, NY
                            Poster presentation: Drosophila Research Conference, Washington D.C.
                            Poster presentation: Royal Entomological Society National Science Meeting, Sheffield, United Kingdom
2009                     Oral presentation: Conference of Ford Fellows, Irvine, CA
2008                     Poster presentation: 49th annual Drosophila Research Conference, San Diego, CA

Professional Service:
2015-present         Organizer, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Postdoctoral Committee.
2015-present         Organizer, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Postdoctoral Fellow’s Group.
2015                     Organizer, Postdoctoral Summer Forum, Johns Hopkins Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.
2013-2016             Johns Hopkins Post Doctoral Association Policy and Advocacy Committee.
2012-2015             Ad hoc peer reviewer: Genetics (2016), Journal of Medical Entomology (2016), PLoS One (6x 2012-2015),                                                  Evolutionary Ecology Research (2010), FEBS Letters (2010).

Educational Outreach and Broader Impacts:
2016                     Participant, Project Bridge, Baltimore MD
                                Presented science demonstrations to the general public at local Farmer's Markets.
2014                     Organizer, Speak out for Science!, Washington D.C.
                                Met with congressional representatives to appeal for increased government funding for research.
2009-2012            Conference co-chair for Expanding Your Horizons, Cornell University.
                                Expanding Your Horizons is a one-day conference aimed at encouraging 7th-9th grade girls to pursue                                                 interests in science, math and engineering-related areas of study.
                                    2007-2009: Diversity Chair
2011                     Organizer and tutor for the College Enhancement Program, MacCormick Secure Center, Brooktondale NY.
                                I helped develop an educational program for juvenile offenders focused on science and logical reasoning in everyday                                 life.
2007-2011            Participant and exhibit organizer for Insectapalooza, Cornell University.
                                Insectapalooza is an insect-themed event where members of the community can learn about diverse areas of                                         entomology.

Professional Training:

2015                      Prokaryotic Comparative Genomics Workshop, Institute for Genome Sciences University of Maryland School of                                         Medicine
2014                      Research Leadership Course, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Pedagogical Training:

2014                      Service Learning: Implementing Service-Learning in the Stem Disciplines conducted by the Center for the Integration 
                                 of Research, Teaching and Learning.
2013-14                 Johns Hopkins Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Academy Fellow.
2014                      Institute for Excellence in Education Summer Teaching Camp, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
2013                      Eyes on Teaching Workshop conducted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Educational Resources.

Professional society memberships:

2013-present         The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
2008, 2010-12       Genetics Society of America