Ellen F Foxman, MD, PhD

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Ellen F. Foxman is medical researcher and clinical pathologist. Dr. Foxman's research interest is understanding how our bodies respond to common viral infections, and how the frequent interactions between common viruses and the cells that line the airway affect human health. Her current focus is human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold and childhood asthma attacks and also one of the most frequent asymptomatic viral infections of humans. What tips the balance between health and disease following exposure to rhinovirus? Current projects examine how environmental factors affect innate immune defense against rhinovirus in the airway, and thereby alter the outcome of infection.

Background. Dr. Foxman received her M.D. and Ph.D. training at Stanford University, and her residency training in Clinical Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Her postdoctoral training in host-virus interactions was conducted with the mentorship of Akiko Iwasaki in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Education & Training

MD Stanford University School of Medicine (2001)
PhD Stanford University School of Medicine (1999)
BS Yale University (1993)
Resident in Clinical Pathology Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Board Certification AB of Pathology, Clinical Pathology (2004)

Honors & Recognition

  • 2011 Invited lecturer, 9th International Student SeminarKyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

  • 2013 Invited Young Investigator oral presentation, ASM General MeetingAmerican Society for Microbiology

  • 2013 Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award with Distinction Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists

  • 2010 Recipient of Research Supplement to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers National Institutes of Health

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Ellen F Foxman, MD, PhD
Mailing Address
Department of Laboratory Medicine
333 Cedar Street, P.O. Box 208035

New Haven, CT 06520-8035
Research Image 1

Micrograph of human bronchial epithelial cells, seven hours after exposure to rhinovirus 1B. Rhinovirus infection of airway epithelial cells results in accumulation of double stranded RNA (dsRNA; blue) during viral genome replication. Cells are also stained with Mitotracker red to reveal the location of mitochondria, the cellular structures associated with innate immune signaling via the RIG-I like receptor pathway(red). Photograph courtesy of Ulysses Isidro, Yale University senior thesis student.