Professor of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School
Director of Research Innovations
Centre for Emerging Pathogens
Host: Prof R J Wilkinson [CIDRI/IDM]
Dr Ellneris a graduate of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His post-doctoral training was at the US National Institutes of Health. He has been on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University, Boston University and currently Rutgers University. He trained in basic immunology and chose tuberculosis (TB) as a disease model 43 years ago in an attempt to understand regulation of the immune response. As TB became a research priority for the NIH, he developed collaborative multidisciplinary research in TB endemic areas (principally Uganda and Brazil). His current research is based on collaboration with scientists that apply cutting-edge immunology, microbiology and virology (in the case of TB-HIV) to the study of clinical TB in a rigorous clinical and epidemiologic framework. Dr Ellner has authored 300 publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. He has been PD/PI of prior NIH-funded multidisciplinary research programs at international sites, the International Collaboration for AIDS Research, Preparation for AIDS Vaccine Evaluation, the International Collaboration for Infectious Diseases Research, the TB – Clinical Diagnostics Research Consortium, and currently the TB Research Unit (Robert Wilkinson is Director at UCT). He also serves as PI and former US Chair of the Executive Committee for TB cohort studies in Pondicherry, India as a component of the Regional Prospective Observational Research for Tuberculosis (RePORT-India) Consortium, a program funded by NIAID through the Indo-US Vaccine Program and is US PI for a RePORT South Africa program with Prof Mark Hatherill. He has trained many leaders in infectious diseases research including the seminar host, Prof Robert J Wilkinson.