Sydney Smith



Sydney is entering her second year in Immunology PhD program at UM working in the lab of Charles Parkos. She serves as the Director of Membership Engagement of UM Association of Women in Science, as well as a representative for both Biomedical Graduate Student Government and Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Health and Wellness Board. In 2017 Sydney graduated magna cum laude from University of San Diego, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Research Interests

Sydney is currently conducting research in the Parkos laboratory focused on understanding neutrophil-epithelial cell interactions. Specifically, she is probing how these interactions in the colon affect neutrophil transepithelial migration and subsequent exacerbation of inflammation conditions.


Alcala Scholar, 2013-2017, University of San Diego
Ernest W. Hahn Endowed Scholarship, 2015-2017, University of San Diego
Top Ten Poster Award, West Coast Biological Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, 2016
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2016, Mayo Clinic
Alice B. Hayes Fellow, 2015, University of San Diego
Associated Students Research Grant, 2015, University of San Diego

Immunology Mentor