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Assistant Professor


Michael Elftman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease working within the Foundational Sciences Discipline of the CMU College of Medicine. He received his BS in Microbiology from the Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University and earned his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania. His doctoral research focused on elucidating how neuroendocrine hormones produced during psychological stress affect dendritic cell function during immune responses to viral infection. Dr. Elftman was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School, where he studied the roles of dendritic cells in norovirus infection. From 2012-2016, Dr. Elftman served as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, where he primarily taught immunology and infectious disease to dental students, dental hygiene students, and dental residents. In January of 2017, Dr. Elftman joined the faculty at CMU College of Medicine where he is committed to promoting excellence in medical education. In addition to teaching immunology and infectious disease in the organ systems courses, Dr. Elftman is a co-director of the Foundational Sciences of Medicine course for first-year medical students.


Ph.D., Immunology & Infectious Disease, Pennsylvania State University-College of Medicine, United States of America
B.S., Microbiology, Michigan State University, United States of America