Dawn Shell, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology & Forensic Medicine
Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
Post-doctoral research, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
Post-doctoral research, Drexel University College of Medicine
PhD, MCP-Hahnemann University College of Medicine, 2001
Dr. Shell is a full-time educator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at PCOM.
She is the Course Director for the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine, which
is a foundational course in the first year of the DO program. She also teaches the
fundamental bacteriology in this course as well as the Infectious Process Course in
the Master’s of Biomedical Sciences Program. In addition to teaching didactic lectures,
she also helps organize and facilitate case conference and team-based learning exercises.
One of her primary responsibilities at PCOM is counseling students that struggle academically.
Presently, Dr. Shell is the Chair of the Student Progress and Evaluation Committee
and is heavily involved in developing programs and methods for the early identification,
remediation and retention of struggling students. The methods for assisting struggling
students include enhancing her teaching skills by attending educational seminars and
conferences. She is currently a member of the International Association of Medical
Dr. Shell’s research focuses on using molecular biology techniques (PCR, primer extension,
etc) to study the regulation of virulence genes in Escherichia coli, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Neisseria meningitidis.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Faculty Member Award, First recipient, 2014
Eddens, T., Sarah Beaudoin, Stefania Nolano, Amanda Steinberger, Stephanie Richard
Conrad, Keino Johnson, C. Scott Little, Dawn Shell, Benjamin Wizel, Brian Balin and Kerin Fresa-Dillon: 2012. Effect of age and vaccination
on extent and spread of Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in C57BL/6 mice. Immunity and
Packiam, M.*, D. M. Shell*, S. V. Liu, Y-B. Liu, D. J. McGee, R. Srivastava, S. Seal and R. F. Rest: 2006.
Differential Expression and Transcriptional Analysis of the -2,3-Sialyltransferase
Gene in Pathogenic Neisseria spp. Infection and Immunity 74(5):2637-2650. *MP and
DMS contributed equally to this work
Shell, D., L. Chiles, R. Judd, S. Seal and R. Rest: 2002. The Neisseria Lipooligosaccharide-Specific
-2,3-Sialyltransferase Is a Surface-Exposed Outer Membrane Protein. Infection and
Volunteer & Leadership
Faculty Advisor for the Student National Medical Association
Chair of the Student Progress and Evaluation Committee
Active participant of the Curriculum Committee
PCOM Campus Supervisor for the Physician Scientist Training Program
PCOM Representative for the Regional Cooperative on Minority Faculty Development
Member of The President’s Diversity Council at PCOM