Meet Elana Ehrlich, an associate professor of biology, who blends a commitment to serving students with biomedical research.
Elana Ehrlich, the Jess & Mildred Fisher Endowed Chair in the Biological and Physical Sciences, has successfully combined her love of teaching with high-level research. Her commitment to serving students has led her to the role as a co-principal investigator for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program that eases the transition for students from community college to Towson University.
“It was so rewarding to me when I was in college to learn with a diverse population, and I was looking for that type of teaching experience,” said Ehrlich. “I want to interact with different types of students, from single mothers to first-generation Americans.”
Ehrlich proudly recalls an undergraduate from a disadvantaged family who worked in her lab for two years.
“I saw someone who had the potential and the ability, but needed a push," Ehrlich said. "She just completed her first year in a doctoral program.”
Ehrlich works on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored project focused on virology and ubiquitin, a small protein found in almost all human cellular tissue, which helps regulate the processes of other proteins in the body. She also studies the sensitivities of ubiquitin in a new class of cancer drugs.