Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D.

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D. is the associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She also directs research and administrative activities of BCM’s new Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine and she leads product development for the Sabin vaccine development program at Texas Children’s Hospital and BCM.

Bottazzi previously was associate professor and vice-chair for administration in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University.

Bottazzi is an internationally-recognized scientist with more than 10 years experience in translational research and vaccine development for neglected tropical diseases. In addition, her major interest is the role of vaccines as control tools in international public health programs and initiatives.

She is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she obtained her degree in microbiology and clinical chemistry in 1989, followed by her Ph.D. in molecular immunology and experimental pathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1995. Her post-doctoral training in cellular biology was completed 1995-2001 at the University of Miami and the University of Pennsylvania. She became an assistant professor in 2001 after moving to the George Washington University.

Bottazzi is an associate for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Disease Journal and is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific and technical papers in molecular, cellular biology, immunoparasitology, and vaccine development. She is the recipient of multiple awards and was recently appointed as a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Carlos Slim Health Institute in Mexico.