Elsa Bou Ghanem PhD

Elsa Bou Ghanem

Elsa Bou Ghanem
PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Bacterial Pathogenesis; Immunology; Infectious Disease; Microbial Pathogenesis

Contact Information
JSMBS
955 Main Street
Office 55254
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 7168292422
Fax: 7168292158
elsaboug@buffalo.edu



Professional Summary:

Research in my laboratory focuses on age-associated changes in innate immune responses that render the elderly more susceptible to infections. As the number of individuals above 65 years old is projected to reach 2 billion by 2050, infections in this population poses a serious health and economic burden. A major area of our work is on infections caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) that despite the availability of vaccines, remain the leading cause of community-acquired pneumonia in the elderly. Immunosenescence, the age-related decline in immune-cell function, and inflammaging, the age-related increase in basal inflammation, may both contribute to the increased susceptibility of the elderly to life-threatening S. pneumoniae infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia and meningitis.

Of particular interest are polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) or neutrophil responses. PMNs are innate immune cells that are key determinants of disease following infection because their initial presence is required to control bacterial numbers, but their persistence in the lungs is detrimental to the host. PMN responses are dysregulated in aging; however, the pathways driving this are not well elucidated. We found that in young hosts, resistance to infection, PMN antibacterial function as well as pulmonary recruitment and resolution following pneumococcal pneumonia is controlled by the extracellular adenosine (EAD) pathway. EAD is produced by the sequential action of two exonucleosidases, CD39 and CD73, and can signal via four known adenosine receptors, that can be pro- or anti-inflammatory. Interestingly, we found that pneumococci can modulate host inflammatory responses by targeting the expression of EAD pathway components.

We are using a variety of approaches including in vitro modeling of PMN responses from human donors, mouse models of infection as well as genetic manipulation of bacteria to elucidate the following: 1) How the EAD pathway shapes PMN responses during infection; 2) The role of the EAD pathway in age-driven immune dysregulation; 3) The role of PMNs and the EAD pathway in mounting protective memory responses following vaccination in young and aged hosts; 4) The S. pneumoniae virulence factors required to manipulate the EAD pathway. Elucidating what drives the dysregulated immune responses during aging has the potential of using novel therapies to combat infections in the elderly.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Kentucky (2011)
  • MS, Microbiology and Immunology, American University of Beirut (2006)
  • BS, Medical Laboratory, American University of Beirut (2004)

Employment:

  • Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Research Associate, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Tufts University School of Medicine (2016–2018)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Tufts University School of Medicine (2011–2016)

Awards and Honors:

  • Nominated and Selected to Contribute to the Early Career Scientists I&I Minireview Special Issue (2021)
  • Early Career Investigator Award, Selected Speaker for The Latin Mucosal Immunology Meeting (2019)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology 50th Annual Meeting Travel Award (2017)
  • Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University’s Hamish N. Munro Award for Excellence in Post-doctoral Research (2015)
  • Eukaryotic Cell Outstanding Young Investigator Poster Presentation Award at FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting (2015)
  • Natalie V. Zucker Research Center for Women Scholars Award (2014)
  • Best Poster prize; Boston Bacterial Meeting (2013)
  • Best Poster Award, Nutritional Immunology RIS Trainee Poster Competition at Experimental Biology Meeting (2013)
  • Best Poster Award, University of Kentucky, Microbiology and Immunology Retreat (2008)
  • Student Travel Award, University of Kentucky (2007)
  • Scholarship for Masters Students, American University of Beirut (2004)

Research Expertise:

  • Bacteria: Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Bacterial Pathogenesis: Virulence requirements under inflammatory conditions
  • Immune Senescence: Age-driven dysregulation in neutrophil responses
  • Inflammation: Immune modulatory extracellular adenosine during bacterial pneumonia
  • Innate Immunology: Recruitment and anti-bacterial function of neutrophils
  • Vaccine Responses: Age-driven decline in vaccine responses

Research Centers:

  • Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • September 2021–May 2026
    The role of neutrophils in the age-driven decline in anti-pneumococcal vaccine responses
    NIA-R01
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,575,931
  • April 2021–March 2023
    The role of the extracellular adenosine pathway and neutrophils during infective endocarditis induced by S. pneumoniae
    American Heart Association-Postdoctoral Fellowship to Manmeet Bhalla
    Role: Contributor
    $136,750
  • March 2021–February 2023
    Features of PMN senescence that lead to susceptibility to pneumococcal infection
    NIA-R21
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $469,115
  • June 2020–May 2022
    Genetic susceptibility to mucosal infections with aging
    NIAID-R21
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $438,625
  • June 2021–September 2021
    The role of neutrophils in the age-driven decline in anti-pneumococcal vaccine responses
    NIA-R56
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $80,528
  • September 2019–June 2021
    The efficacy of Liposomal Encapsulation of Polysaccharides pneumococcal vaccine in protecting aged hosts against invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in murine models
    NIA-R21
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $436,310
  • September 2018–June 2021
    The role of extracellular adenosine in age-driven susceptibility to S. pneumoniae lung infection
    NIA-R00
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $453,576
  • April 2019–April 2021
    The role of the extracellular adenosine pathway in age-driven decline in polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) anti-pneumococcal responses
    The University at Buffalo CTSI Translational Pilot Studies Program
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $40,000
  • May 2016–January 2018
    The role of extracellular adenosine in age-driven susceptibility to S. pneumoniae lung infection
    NIA-K99
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $235,240
  • August 2013–August 2016
    The role of extracellular adenosine in resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection
    Life Sciences Research Foundation; Sponsor: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $180,000
  • January 2013–January 2015
    Vitamin E Reverses Age-Associated Susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae Lung Infection
    ASPEN Rhodes Foundation Abbott Nutrition grant
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $50,000
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Journal Articles:

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Abstracts:

  • Alexsandra P. Abamonte, Manmeet Bhalla, Brian S. Learman, Chelsie E. Armbruster and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Elucidating the role of genetics in host susceptibility to S. pneumoniae infection using cross-collaborative mice. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. (Oct)Poster
  • Essi Y.I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla, Elizabeth A. Wohlfert and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Neutrophils induce protective antibody response to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in an interferon gamma independent manner. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. (Oct)Poster; Oral
  • Shaunna R. Simmons, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) The age-driven decline in neutrophil function leaves vaccinated aged hosts susceptible to pneumococcal pneumonia. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. (Oct)Poster; Oral
  • Sydney E. Herring, Jill M. Kramer, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Mitochondrial ROS production by neutrophils is important for host antimicrobial function against Streptococcus pneumoniae and is controlled by A2B adenosine receptor signaling. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. (Oct)Poster; Oral
  • Essi Y.I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla, Elizabeth A. Wohlfert and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Neutrophils induce protective antibody response to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in an interferon gamma independent manner. Black in Microbiology Week, Black Microbiologists Association. (Sep)Poster
  • Sydney E. Herring, Jill M. Kramer, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) A2B adenosine receptor signaling impairs host resistance against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection by inhibiting mitochondrial ROS production by neutrophils. Virtual FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting. (Jul)Poster
  • Emily Smith, Shaunna R. Simmons, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Activation of MAPK ERK1/2 in neutrophils from young versus aged hosts following S. pneumoniae infection. T35 program: Training the Next Generation of Physician Scientists, University at Buffalo. (Jul)Poster; Oral
  • Shaunna R. Simmons, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Neutrophil immumosenescence leaves vaccinated aged hosts susceptible to pneumococcal pneumonia. Society for Leukocyte Biology 54th Annual Meeting. (Jul)Oral
  • Essi Y.I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla, Elizabeth A. Wohlfert and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Neutrophils promote antibody isotype switching in response to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine independently of interferon gamma. Society for Leukocyte Biology 54th Annual Meeting. (Jul)Oral
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Lauren Heinzinger, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) Transcriptome profiling reveals CD73 and age-driven changes in neutrophil responses against Streptococcus pneumoniae. Neutrophil 2021. (Jun)Oral
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) RNA-sequencing reveals age-driven changes in neutrophil transcriptional profiles in response to S. pneumoniae infection. Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Honors Symposium, University at Buffalo. (May)Poster
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) RNA-sequencing reveals age-driven changes in neutrophil transcriptional profiles in response to S. pneumoniae infection. Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, University at Buffalo. (Apr)Oral
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2021) RNA-sequencing reveals CD73 and age-driven changes in neutrophil responses against S. pneumoniae infection. SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). (Apr)Oral
  • Essi Y.I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla, Elizabeth A. Wohlfert and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) Neutrophils promote antibody isotype switching in response to the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in an interferon gamma-independent manner. Cytokines Virtual Meeting. (Nov)Oral
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) RNA-sequencing reveals a role of JNK/AP-1 signaling pathway in age-driven impairment of PMN antimicrobial function. Virtual Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). (Nov)Poster
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Lauren Heinzinger and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) JNK/AP-1 signaling contributes to the impairment in S. pneumoniae killing by neutrophils in aged hosts. Society for Leukocyte Biology Virtual Trainee Symposium. (Oct)Oral
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Shaunna R. Simmons, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Catherine Wrona, Robin Stein, Sanjay Sethi and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) The role of extracellular adenosine signaling in the age-driven decline in neutrophil function. Virtual CTSI Pilot Studies Colloquium. (Oct)Poster
  • Shaunna R. Simmons, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) Neutrophil immumosenescence leaves aged hosts susceptible to bacterial pneumonia despite vaccination. Virtual Mechanisms of Aging Meeting, Cold Spring Harbor. (Sep)Poster
  • Sydney E. Herring, Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) A2B adenosine receptor signaling impairs host resistance against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. Virtual Streptococcal Trainee Symposium. (Sep)Oral
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Shaunna R. Simmons, Alexsandra Abomonte, Sydney E. Herring and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) A1 adenosine receptor signaling reverses the age-driven impairment in PMN anti-pneumococcal function. Virtual Streptococcal Trainee Symposium. (Sep)Oral
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) RNA-sequencing reveals a role of JNK/AP-1 signaling pathway in age-driven impairment of PMN antimicrobial function. UCLA Virtual National McNair Conference. (Jul)Poster; Oral
  • Lauren Heinzinger, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) JNK/AP-1 signaling contributes to the impairment in S. pneumoniae killing by neutrophils in aged hosts. Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, online gallery, University at Buffalo. (May)Poster
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Sydney E. Herring, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Lauren Heinzinger and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2020) A1 adenosine receptor signaling shapes bacterial epithelial cell interaction and host susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. GRC Acute Respiratory Infections. Galveston, Texas (Feb)Poster
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Sydney E. Herring and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) Extracellular adenosine signaling reverses the age-driven decline in the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. Cooperstown, New York (Oct)Poster; Oral
  • Sydney E. Herring, Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) The role of A2B adenosine receptor in Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. Upstate New York Immunology Conference. Cooperstown, New York (Oct)Poster
  • Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) Neutrophils are required for induction of protective memory responses following vaccination with the anti-pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevnar-13. 31st Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis. Buffalo, New York (May)
  • Jun Yeoh Hui, Claire Lamneck, Manmeet Bhalla, John M. Leong and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) Extracellular adenosine inhibits binding of Streptococcus pneumoniae to lung epithelial cells. 31st Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis. Buffalo, New York (May)Poster
  • Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, Sydney E. Herring and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) Extracellular adenosine signaling reverses the age-driven decline in the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae. 31st Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis. Buffalo, New York (May)Poster
  • Sydney E. Herring, Manmeet Bhalla, Jun Hui Yeoh, Essi Y. I. Tchalla, and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) The role of A2A adenosine receptor in Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. 31st Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis. Buffalo, New York (May)Poster
  • Shauna Simmons, Manmeet Bhalla and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2019) Both complement and antibody-mediated opsonophagocytic killing of Streptococcus pneumoniae by PMNs decline with age. 31st Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis. Buffalo, New York (May)Poster
  • Nalat Siwapornchai, James N. Lee, Essi Tchalla, Sara E. Roggensack, John M. Leong and Elsa N. Bou Ghanem. (2018) Extracellular adenosine enhances the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae by blunting IL-10 production. Society for Leukocyte Biology 51st Annual Meeting. Chandler, Arizona (Oct)Poster; Oral
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Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Immunologists (AAI) (2021–present)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology (2017–present)
  • American Society for Microbiology (2014–present)
  • Association of Women in Science (2014–2017)
  • American Society of Nutrition (2012–2015)
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (2012–2015)

Presentations:

  • "How can we boost our ability to fight lung infections as we age?" PPBS Recruitment Webinar for John St. Fisher students, PPBS program, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA. (2021)
  • "My Scientific Journey: Extracellular adenosine, PMNs and aging" CSTEP Forum Career Pathways in Medicine: Bacterial Pathogenesis, CSTEP Program, Monroe Community College, Brighton, NY, USA (2021)
  • "My Scientific Journey: Extracellular adenosine, PMNs and aging" Seminar for the T35 Training the Next Generation of Physician Scientist Program, Clinical and Translational Research Center, University at Buffalo (2021)
  • "My Scientific Journey: Extracellular adenosine, PMNs and aging" BIO-STEM scientific Discovery series for students in CLIMB UP /iSEED summer research program, University at Buffalo (2021)
  • "The role of neutrophils and the extracellular adenosine pathway in the susceptibility of aged hosts to pneumococcal pneumonia" USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Spring Colloquium Series (2021)
  • "My Scientific Journey: Extracellular adenosine, PMNs and aging" Biology Honors Program (2021)
  • "The role of neutrophils in anti-pneumococcal vaccine responses" Infectious Diseases; Weekly Research Conference; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Neutrophil responses against S. pneumoniae in aged hosts" Virtual Aging Science Talk; organized by the Lamming and Mair laboratories with support from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research (2020)
  • "Neutrophil responses to S. pneumoniae in aged hosts" Virtual Streptococcal Seminar Series; organized by the Doran laboratory at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in lieu of the 2020 Streptococcal Biology Gordan Research Conference (2020)
  • "The role of neutrophils in the age-driven decline of anti-pneumococcal vaccine responses" Department of Microbiology and Immunology Research Exchange; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Extracellular adenosine signaling reverses the age-driven decline in the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae" Society for Leukocyte Biology 52nd Annual Meeting (2019)
  • "Targeting the extracellular adenosine pathway to control S. pneumoniae infection in aged hosts" Healthy Aging at Tufts; Tufts University; Research Day (2019)
  • "Extracellular adenosine regulates mucosal immunity in the lungs by controlling the anti-microbial activity of PMNs during pneumococcal by blunting IL-10 production" Latin-American Mucosal Immunology Meeting; Society of Mucosal Immunology; Society for Leukocyte Biology Symposium (2019)
  • "How PMNs & Extracellular adenosine shape age-driven susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" Infectious Diseases; Weekly Research Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Extracellular adenosine enhances the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae by blunting IL-10 production" Society for Leukocyte Biology 51st Annual Meeting (2018)
  • "Extracellular adenosine enhances the ability of neutrophils to kill S. pneumoniae by blunting IL-10 production" Upstate New York Immunology Conference (2018)
  • "How aging & extracellular adenosine shape neutrophil responses during Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" Department Seminar; Department of Oral Biology; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "The role of neutrophils and extracellular adenosine in shaping age-driven susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" Society for Leukocyte Biology 50th Annual Meeting (2017)
  • "How aging and extracellular adenosine shape PMN responses during S. pneumoniae lung infection" Department Seminar; Department of Microbiology and Immunology; University of Illinois at Chicago (2016)
  • "How aging and extracellular adenosine shape PMN responses during S. pneumoniae lung infection" Department Seminar; Department of Microbial pathogenesis and Immunology; Texas A&M Health Science Center (2015)
  • "How aging and extracellular adenosine shape PMN responses during S. pneumoniae lung infection" Department Seminar; Department of Microbiology; University of Iowa (2015)
  • "How aging and extracellular adenosine shape PMN responses during S. pneumoniae lung infection" Department Seminar; University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; Department of Microbiology (2015)
  • "The role of immune-modulatory extracellular adenosine in resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" Rheumatology grand rounds; Tufts University (2014)
  • "Vitamin E boosts resistance to Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in aged mice by inhibiting hepoxilin A3-mediated neutrophil recruitment across the lung epithelium" Experimental Biology Conference (2014)
  • "Extracellular adenosine, an immune modulator that promotes resistance to invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infection" FASEB Snow Mas Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting (2013)
  • "Extracellular adenosine, an immune modulator that promotes resistance to invasive Streptococcus pneumoniae infection" Department of Microbiology Departmental 50th Anniversary Symposium; Tufts University (2013)
  • "Vitamin E reverses age-associated susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae lung infection" Experimental Biology Conference (2013)
  • "Differential ability of CD8+ T cells to rapidly secrete IFNγ during Listeria monocytogenes infection" Midwinter Conference of Immunologists (2011)
  • "Rapid IFNγ secretion by human CD8+ T cells exposed to Listeria monocytogenes" Autumn Immunology Conference (2009)
  • "A T cell intrinsic factor contributes to the differential IFNγ response observed during Listeria monocytogenes infection" Autumn Immunology Conference (2008)
  • "Rapid IFNγ response by CD8+ T cells during Listeria infection" Autumn Immunology Conference (2007)
  • "Targeting the extracellular adenosine pathway to control S. pneumoniae infection in aged hosts" Department Seminar; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; Department of Immunology
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Service Activities:

  • Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Research Topic: Transmission, colonization, and molecular pathogenesis of pneumococcus.; Guest Editor (2021–2022)
  • AGCD-1 K99 Study Section; Ad Hoc. Reviewer (2021)
  • mSphere; Infection and Immunity; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Microbes and Infection; Journal of Infectious Diseases; Plos Pathogens; Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers in Immunology; Virulence; Ad Hoc. Reviewer (2021)
  • Society for Leukocyte Biology; Professional Development Committee member. The role of the committee is to plan activities and propose programs that enhance the benefit of professional development to the membership with special emphasis on the young investigators.; Society for Leukocyte Biology; Professional Development Committee member. (2020–2022)
  • Institute for Enhancement of Educational Diversity (iSEED) Program Academic Mentor; Mentor (2020–present)
  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ representative on the UB Faculty Senate; UB Faculty Senate (2020–2022)
  • Ad Hoc. Reviewer, VDM Study Section, October 2020, NIH; Ad Hoc. Reviewer (2020)
  • Department of Microbiology & Immunology Diversity Advocate; Diversity Advocate (2020–present)
  • Ad Hoc. Reviewer, Medical Research Council, United Kingdom; Ad Hoc. Reviewer (2020)
  • McNair Scholars Program - Summer Mentor; McNair Scholars Program - Summer Mentor (2020)
  • MIC501 Syllabus Committee. This committee is to put together a syllabus for MIC501 - Microbial Biology and Biotechnology, which is an introduction course for the Microbiology and Immunology Master’s program; MIC501 Syllabus Committee (2020)
  • Guest Editor: 2019 Latin-American Mucosal Immunology Meeting issue, Journal of Leukocyte Biology; Guest Editor (2019–2020)
  • Milgrom Fellowship Committee. This committee is to elect a yearly recipient of the Milgrom Fellowship for Excellence in Postdoctoral research in the Microbiology and Immunology Department; Milgrom Fellowship Committee (2019)
  • Poster Competition Judge at the 13th Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program Summer Research Poster Symposium; Poster Competition Judge (2019)
  • Neter Award Judge. This committee is to elect a recipient of the Neter Award given to a graduate student that presented a talk at the Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis; Neter Award Judge (2019)
  • Poster Competition Judge at the 11th UB Postdoc Research Symposium; Poster Competition Judge (2019)
  • Gorzynski Travel Award Committee. This committee is to elect, a yearly recipient, of the Gorzynski Travel Award given to graduate students in the Microbiology and Immunology Department; Gorzynski Travel Award Committee (2019)
  • Stinson Award Committee. This committee is to elect a yearly recipient of the Stinson Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research given to a graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department; Stinson Award Committee (2019)
  • Organized Departmental Immunology Journal Club; Organized Departmental Immunology Journal Club (2019)
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Affairs Committee; Graduate Affairs Committee (2019–present)
  • The Annual Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis Organizing Committee; Microbial Pathogenesis Organizing Committee (2019–present)
  • Ad Hoc. Reviewer, Medical Research Council, United Kingdom; Ad Hoc. Reviewer (2018)
  • Poster Competition Judge at the 10th UB Postdoc Research Symposium; Poster Competition Judge (2018)
  • Neter Award Judge. This committee is to elect a recipient of the Neter Award given to a graduate student that presented a talk at the Buffalo Conference on Microbial Pathogenesis; Neter Award Judge. (2018)
  • Gorzynski Travel Award Committee. This committee is to elect, a yearly recipient, of the Gorzynski Travel Award given to graduate students in the Microbiology and Immunology Department; Gorzynski Travel Award Committee. (2018)
  • Association of Women in Science Mentoring Circles; Career Mentor; Career Mentor (2014–2016)

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JSMBS
955 Main Street
Office 55254
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: 7168292422
Fax: 7168292158
elsaboug@buffalo.edu