Assistant Professor, Cornell University College of Veterinary MedicineBiography
Dr. Elia Tait Wojno pursues a life-long passion for the biological sciences as an Assistant Professor at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Elia received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Christopher Hunter in the School of Veterinary Medicine to examine the mechanisms that promote protective immunity to the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. She went on complete a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. David Artis in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical College, focusing on the regulation of immune responses during helminth infection and allergic disease. As an Assistant Professor at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University, she continues her work in dissecting immunological pathways that regulate innate immune responses following helminth parasite infection and during allergy, with a special emphasis on regulation by cytokines and prostaglandins. Her work aims to increase our understanding of how our immune system protects us from infection when it is functioning optimally, and how our immune system can cause inappropriate inflammation when it becomes dysfunctional. This work will hopefully inform efforts to develop new therapies to combat infectious diseases, particularly diseases caused by parasite infection, and to limit allergic inflammation.