Principal Investigator/Associate Professor
Abigail Wexner Research Institute @ Nationwide Children's Hospital/Ohio State University
Dr. Edwards is internationally recognized for her work using primary human epithelial cell models to examine the molecular/cellular mechanisms underlying bacterial infections; in particular, Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections, their impact on women's and neonatal health, and the mechanisms contributing to asymptomatic disease and disease disparity. She is also examining novel therapeutics to treat multidrug-resistant N. gonorrhoeae. Collectively, Dr. Edwards’s work has had a significant impact on our understanding of neisserial pathogen-host interactions. Dr. Edwards obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. She then trained with Dr. Mike Apicella at the University of Iowa where she was the recipient of numerous awards for her research on gonococcal-host interactions. She received her Ph.D. in 2002 and was the recipient of the University of Iowa’s Graduate College "Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award". She remained in the Apicella lab as the recipient of 2 NIH post-doctoral fellowships. Dr. Edwards accepted a joint position at Ohio State University (OSU) and The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital in 2003 and moved to Ohio in the fall of 2004. She currently holds the positions of an NIH-funded Principal Investigator at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute and of Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and of Microbial Infection and Immunity at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose
Thursday, October 3
3:40 PM – 4:05 PM