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Elise Mosser

Elise Mosser, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department: Microbiology & Immunology


  • PhD – Drexel University College of Medicine (2008)
  • BS – The George Washington University (2001)

Awards & Honors

Best Professor Award, recognition of excellence in instruction in Career-Orientated Programs, Drexel's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (May 9, 2018)

American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) Travel Award, for ASMCUE meeting: stellar example of firm commitment to teaching microbiology and biology, Denver Colorado, (July 27-30, 2017)

International E-Learning Award winner (honorable mention, Academic Division), online graduate course: "The odyssey of MIIM 541S Bacteria and Bacterial Infections" at the International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning in Belfast, U.K. (2016)

Elise Mosser, PhD, is a full-time educator in the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease within the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Mosser’s responsibilities include designing and developing online courses and serving as course director and instructor in several online, hybrid, and traditionally delivered courses in the Molecular Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Immunology MS programs, as well as interdisciplinary MS programs in biomedicine. She also serves as the academic facilitator/coordinator for the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease’s articulated 4+1 BS/MS degree program in biotechnology and molecular medicine with Elizabethtown College.

Research Interests

Innovative biomedical graduate education, with a specific focus on online course design and course development


Dr. Mosser’s basic science background is in bacterial pathogenesis. She characterized a newly identified toxin secreted by Bacillus anthracis, the causative agent of anthrax, named anthrolysin O. She studied how this cholesterol-dependent cytolysin influences human innate immune cell function, specifically primary human macrophages and neutrophils. While her interest remains in bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interaction, her current focus is best practices in online graduate student education, specifically finding innovative ways to use new technologies to deliver rigorous microbiology, infectious disease and molecular biology online courses to graduate students.

She has created engaging and active learning activities and assessments in her online and traditional courses that increase student collaboration and student to instructor interaction. These materials and tools include interactive PowerPoint e-Books (platform developed by the Department of Microbiology & Immunology’s Center for Business and Online Development) with interrupted clinical case studies and built-in reading assessments. She also implements collaborative, asynchronous primary paper discussions, using online tools. As evidence of her commitment to innovative online education, the first online course she designed, Bacteria and Bacterial Infections (MIIM-541), received international recognition―an honorable mention in the Academic category of the 2016 International E-Learning Awards, given by the International E-Learning Association.


Selected Research Publications

"Cellular functions and X-ray structure of Anthrolysin O, a cholesterol-dependent cytolysin secreted by Bacillus anthracis"
Bourdeau, RW, Malito E, Chenal A, Bishop BL, Musch MW, Villereal ML, Chang EB, Mosser EM, Rest RF, and WJ Tang
Journal of Biological Chemistry 284: 14645-14656, 2009

"The Bacillus anthracis cholesterol-dependent cytolysin, anthrolysin O, kills human neutrophils, monocytes and macrophages"
Mosser EM, and RF Rest
BMC Microbiol.6:56, 2006

"Real-time monitoring of the membrane-binding and insertion properties of the cholesterol-dependent cytolysin anthrolysin O from Bacillus anthracis"
Cocklin S, Jost M, Robertson NM, Weeks SD, Weber HW, Young E, Seal S, Zhang C, Mosser EM, Loll PJ, Saunders AJ, Rest RF, and IM Chaiken 
J Mol Recognit. 19: 354, 2006

Selected Abstracts

"An Active Learning Approach to Reading the Primary Literature: Designing and Implementing a Bacteria and Bacterial Infections Online Course Using a 'Pet Pathogen'"
Mosser EM, Bernui ME, Sun F, Adkins K, Wigdahl B, and Urdaneta-Hartmann S
24th Annual ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, Denver, Colorado, July 27-30, 2017

Contact Information

Department of Microbiology & Immunology
2900 W. Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215.991.8352
Fax: 215.848.2271