Ellen F Foxman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine

Physician Biography

Ellen F. Foxman is medical researcher and a physician with training in clinical pathology, a medical subspecialty devoted to using diagnostic testing to improve patient care. Within clinical pathology, Dr. Foxman's area of interest is diagnostic testing for microorganisms that affect human health, such as bacteria and viruses. This field has been revolutionized by new technologies which enable much better detection of microorganisms than was previously possible, raising questions about how microorganisms contribute to human disease (or health). Currently Dr. Foxman is studying how the host response to common viral infections in the respiratory system, focusing on human rhinovirus.

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

Patient Care

Accepts new patients? No
Patient Type: Adult; Adolescent
Referrals: MD to MD Consult

Patient Care Organizations

Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Virology Laboratory

CPIRT - Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment

Yale Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Clinical Pathology AB of Pathology (2004)

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Contact Info

Ellen F Foxman, MD, PhD
Mailing Address
Laboratory MedicineDepartment 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.