Elaine M. Haase  PhD

Department of Oral Biology

Research Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Microbiology; Oral Biology

Faculty Research Profile

Professional Summary:

I began my career as a general Medical Technologist and eventually specialized in clinical bacteriology in local hospital. I returned to school to earn an MS in Medical Technology specializing in Microbiology. I continued to work weekends in the hospital while working as a research technician in immunodermatology. I pursued further graduate work and earned a PhD degree in Microbiology from UB. During my thesis work I became interested in molecular mechanisms of infectious disease. As a post-doc I focused on characterizing the genes of the fimbrial operon and biofilm formation by the periodontopathogen Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. These studies expanded into gene regulation in A. actinomycetemcomitans by small non-coding sRNA. We have recently used RNAseq investigate the effect of amylase on Streptococcus gordonii and DNAseq to explore the phylogeny of amylase-binding proteins in the same bacteria.

Education and Training:

  • PhD, Microbiology, University at Buffalo (1995)
  • MS, Medical Technology, Microbiology Specialty, University at Buffalo (1984)
  • BS, Medical Technology, University at Buffalo (1975)

Employment:

  • Research Associate Professor, Oral Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo (2005-present)
  • Research Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1998-2005)
  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Oral Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1994-1998)
  • Research Assistant, Oral Biology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • Research Assistant, Microbiology and Immunology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1986-1994)
  • Research Technician, Microbiology and Immunology, State University of New York at Buffalo (1985-1986)
  • St. Mary‘s Hospital (1975-1991)

Awards and Honors:

  • Listed in Who's Who in America (2010)
  • American Society for Microbiology Student Travel Award (1994)
  • Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1992)
  • American Society for Microbiology Student Travel Award (1990)
  • Erwin Neter Award from WNY American Society of Microbiology (1990)

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