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Ellen F Foxman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Immunobiology



Dr. Foxman's research interest is understanding the natural mechanisms that protect the airway from respiratory viruses. Recent evidence shows that respiratory viruses enter the airway much more frequently than they cause illness. Current projects focus on (1) identifying the antiviral defense mechanisms of the airway epithelium, (2) understanding how the environment influences antiviral defense and tips the balance between health and disease upon exposure to a virus, and (3) using biomarkers of the body's response to infection to diagnose the cause of respiratory symptoms.

Background. Dr. Foxman received her M.D. and Ph.D. training at Stanford University, and her residency training in Clinical Pathology, a medical specialty devoted to diagnostic testing, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Her postdoctoral studies in host-virus interactions were conducted with the mentorship of Akiko Iwasaki in the Department of Immunobiology at Yale. These studies demonstrated mechanisms whereby cool ambient temperature permits growth of the common cold virus by diminishing antiviral responses of airway epithelial cells. Dr. Foxman is currently an Assistant Professor in the Yale Department of Laboratory 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

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
2019 Levine Lab Laureate AwardRosalind Franklin Society2019
2019 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research AwardThe Hartwell Foundation2019
2017 Prize Recipient, National Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge, Phase INIH2017
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 DistinctionAcademy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists
2010 Recipient of Research Supplement to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research CareersNational Institutes of Health

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