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College of Veterinary Medicine

Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Ph.D., MPH

Mulcahy

Education

2004 to 2006: University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas MPH (Honors)
1997 to 2002: Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology)
1992 to 1996: University College Cork, Cork, Ireland B.Sc. (Honors, Microbiology)

Phone: (785)532-2117
Email: emulcahy@vet.k-state.edu

Teaching

DMP 753 Veterinary Public Health

Professional Experience

Director of the Master in Public Health Program, KSU -  June 2016
Associate Professor, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology, KSU - June 2016

- Provide oversight of the program for student support including student recruitment, admissions and orientation, student advising, student activities on campus, student field experiences, and graduate placement and career success.
- Provide administrative oversight of the program including program promotion and marketing, management of support staff, curriculum development, and programmatic assessment.
- Communicate with MPH faculty in the four emphasis areas of food safety and biosecurity; infectious disease and zoonoses; public health nutrition; or public health physical activity.
- Recruit new MPH interdisciplinary primary and program faculty.
- Interact with the Dean of the Graduate School and the leadership of colleges and departments participating in the interdisciplinary MPH Program.
- Maintain and update program accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
- Expand new and strengthen existing relationships with local and state agencies for student field experiences.
- Support Kansas public health partners including the Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council, the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, and the Kansas Public Health Association.

Professor, Microbiology, JCCC:  2015 to 2016 Chair of Biotechnology, JCCC:  2014 to 2016 Associate Professor, Microbiology, JCCC:  2008 to 2014 Assistant Professor, Microbiology, JCCC:  2005 to 2008

- Educate, supervise and mentor undergraduate students, laboratory staff and adjunct faculty.
- Integral role in decision making, budget development, and resource allocation to optimize department and division level goals.
- Communicate with key community stakeholders (industry and education leaders) to promote biotechnology and STEM education through student and teacher workshops, industry collaboration for student internships and employment, and articulation agreements for course transfer.
- Contribute to the expansion of a biotechnology program through revision, design and implementation of curricula, new site offerings, full time faculty mentoring, new faulty hiring, and community outreach.
- Contribute to the design and planning of public health curricula with state partner institutions and agencies in order to develop and offer an undergraduate public health degree program.
- Preparation and implementation of bioscience, STEM, and public health grant proposals.
- Conduct hiring, interviewing and orientation for full time faculty, adjunct faculty, laboratory and support staff.
- Chair committees for peer review evaluation of new full time faculty for tenure processes.
- Faculty mentor for high school teachers and students in the JCCC College Now program and other education partnerships, including the Shawnee Mission School District Biotechnology Signature Program, the Olathe School District Biotechnology 21st Century Program, the Blue Valley School District Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Program, and Career and Technical Education at Lawrence Public High Schools.
- Course co-ordinator and instructor for Introduction to Public Health, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Microbiology Laboratory, Introduction to Biotechnology, Laboratory Safety, Methods in Biotechnology.
- Develop and implement hybrid and online courses from existing traditional courses: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Introduction to Biotechnology, Laboratory Safety; and development of new curricula: Introduction to Public Health, Microbiology for Biotechnology.
- Complete iTeach Certification for Online Teaching, and employ Desire to Learn (D2L) learning management system for course instruction.
- Utilize community-based collaborative action to collaborate with refugee women to develop health and wellness education.- Develop and implement state
-approved continuing education courses for health professionals including Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurological disorders; Bioterrorism and microbiological agents; Cancer
- infection and non-infectious etiologies; Childhood Vaccinations
- medical, ethical and legal implications; Cultural Competency; Diseases and Disorders during Pregnancy; Diseases and Disorders of the Lung; Ebola Virus and other hemorrhagic diseases; Environmental Toxins; Epidemiology; Food-borne Diseases; Genetics and Nucleic Acid Technology; Hepatitis; Human Immunodeficiency Virus; Immunology, Hypersensitivity and Immune Deficiencies; Infant Health – morbidity and mortality; Infectious Dementias; Influenza; Maternal Health – morbidity and mortality; Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other antibiotic resistant bacteria; Mosquito-borne Diseases; Neurobiology of Addictions; Nosocomial Diseases; Sepsis, Shock and Inflammation; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Stem Cell Therapy; Tick-borne Diseases; Tuberculosis; Vaccination for Adults; and Zoonotic Diseases.
- Develop and implement of training courses for WIA (Workforce Investment Act) including Cell Culture Techniques and Microbiology Techniques.

University of Missouri-Kansas City --  Adjunct Faculty, 2012 to 2016

- Preparation and delivery of microbiology lecture classes: Microbiology for Nursing and Dentistry, Microbiology for Medicine and Pharmacy, Microbiology for Biological Sciences.- Develop and implement a hybrid and online course from an existing traditional course: Microbiology for Nursing and Dentistry.
- Complete Online Teaching Faculty Certification, and employ Blackboard learning management system for course development and instruction.

Jewish Vocational Service, Kansas City -- MO Refugee Health Educator, 2005 to 2007

- Develop a health educational program to provide refugee women with health and wellness information.- Compile and analyze demographic and health data to assess refugee health needs.
- Review medical history of refugees for infectious and chronic diseases.
- Prepare progress and evaluation reports for the refugee health program.
- Communicate with key stakeholders (community leaders and health professionals) to promote access to health care.

Kansas Health Foundation Community Health Project -- Intern, 2005

- Design and complete an academic project to identify the health needs of refugee populations in Kansas City.
- Prepare written reports and oral presentations to define the purpose, results and implications of the project.
- Expand needs assessment to facilitate research and data collection.

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS -- Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2003 to 2005

- Prepare and review scientific manuscripts and grant proposals for the laboratory.
- Supervise and support laboratory technicians and graduate students.
- Collect, analyze, and present data to facilitate HIV research goals of the laboratory.
- Co-ordinate experimental procedures and schedules with other departments

Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, MO -- Adjunct Faculty, 2003 to 2006

- Preparation and delivery of Microbiology integrated lecture and laboratory class.

Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2002 to 2003 Graduate teaching assistant, 1997 to 2002 Laboratory teaching coordinator, 1999 to 2000

- Prepare and review scientific manuscripts and grant proposals for the laboratory.
- Collect, analyze, and present data to facilitate Prion Disease research goals of the laboratory.
- Assist in instruction, organization and preparation of medical student courses: Infections Disease, Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Microbiology.

Awards

National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award recipient2015
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Faculty Achievement Award recipient2009, 2015
Distinguished Service Award JCCC recipient2012, 2014
Nominee for Bellwether Award, Community College Futures Assembly2012 to 2014
United States Professor of the Year for Kansas recipient, Carnegie Foundation2010
JCCC College Scholars recipient2008
Nominee for Betsy Beisecker Public Health Excellence Award, KUMC2006
Graduate Student Travel Grant from American Society for Virology2002
Graduate Student Travel Grant from Creighton University Student Government2002
First place achievement award for oral presentation, American Society for Microbiology2002
Third place achievement award for oral presentation, Midwest Biomedical Research Forum2002
Second place achievement award for poster presentation, Midwest Biomedical Research Forum2001
Second place achievement award for oral presentation, American Society for Microbiology2000
Recipient of Cork County Council University Scholarship to University College Cork1992

Publications in Peer-reviewed Journals

Strain-Specific Kinetics of the Formation of the Abnormal Form of the Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy Prion Protein. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen, Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2004 Jan 16; 279(3): 1643-9.

Fusion of the Upstream vpu Sequences to the env of Simian Human Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIVKU-1bMC33) Results in the Synthesis of Two Envelope Precursor Proteins, Increased Numbers of Virus Particles Associated with the Cell Surface and is Pathogenic for Pig-tailed Macaques. David R. Hout, Melissa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Lisa Gomez, Mollie Jackson, Melissa Flick, Barbara Fegley, Coleen McCormick, Billie J. Wisdom, Nathan Culley, David M. Pinson, Michael Powers, Scott W. Wong, and Edward B. Stephens. Virology. 2004 May 20; 323(1): 91-107.

Prion Infection of Papillae and Skeletal Muscle Cells in the Tongue. Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Jason C. Bartz and Richard A. Bessen. Journal of Virology. 2004 Jul; 78(13): 6792-8.

Vpu: A Multifunctional Protein that Enhances the Pathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1. David R. Hout, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Erik Pacyniak, Lisa M. Gomez, Melissa Gomez and Edward B. Stephens. Current HIV research. July 2004; 2:255-270.

Identification of a region within the cytoplasmic domain of the subtype B Vpu protein of Human Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 (HIV-1) that is responsible for retention in the Golgi complex and its absence in the Vpu protein from subtype C HIV-1. Erik Pacyniak, Melissa Gomez, Lisa M. Gomez, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Mollie Jackson, David R. Hout, Billie J. Wisdom and Edward B. Stephens. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2005 May; 21(5):379-94.

Scrambling of the Amino Acids within the Transmembrane Domain of Vpu results in a Simian- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIVTM) that is less pathogenic for pig-tailed macaques. David R. Hout, Melissa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Lisa M. Gomez, Sarah H. Inbody, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Nathan Culley, David M. Pinson, Michael Powers, Scott W. Wong, and Edward B. Stephens. Virology. 2005 Aug 15;339(1):56-69.

Substitution of the transmembrane domain of Vpu in simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIVKU1bMC33) with that of M2 of influenza A results in a virus that is sensitive to inhibitors of the M2 ion channel and is pathogenic for pigtailed macaques. Hout DR, Gomez ML, Pacyniak E, Gomez LM, Fegley B, Mulcahy ER, Hill MS, Culley N, Pinson DM, Nothnick W, Powers MF, Wong SW, Stephens EB.Virology. 2006 Jan 20;344(2):541-59.

APOBEC3G expression is restricted to neurons in the brains of pigtailed macaques. Sarah Hill, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Melissa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Nancy E.J. Berman and Edward B. Stephens. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2006 Jun;22(6):541-50.

Development and Evaluation of a Health Educational Intervention for Somali Bantu Women Refugees. Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Carla Buchheit, Elyse Max, Bruno Finocchario, Suzanne R. Hawley and Aimee S. James (Submitted).

“Control Your Health” A Low-Literacy, Interactive Educational Program for Somali Refugee Women with Chronic Health Issues. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Carla Buchheit (In Preparation).

Community-Based Collaborative-Action Research with Sudanese Refugee Women. Martha Baird, Elaine Domien and Ellyn R. Mulcahy (Public Health Nursing, January 2015).

Professional Activities

Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council (2016 to present)
STEM Conferences Planning Committee, JCCC (2014 to 2016)
Science Week and Campus Craze planning committee, JCCC (2014 to 2016)
Career and Technical Education Advisory Board Member, JCCC (2014 to 2016)
Biotechnology Advisory Board Chairperson, JCCC (2014 to 2016)
International Committee, JCCC (2013 to 2016present)
Science Division Curriculum Committee, JCCC (2012 to 2016)
U.S. Professors of the Year awards program Panel Judge (2011 to present).
Lyme Association of Greater Kansas City Board Advisory Board Member (2010 to 2012)
College Scholars Committee, JCCC (2009 to 2010)
Bioscience Pre-College Institute for High School Students (2009 to 2010)
Biotechnology Workshops for Secondary School Teachers (2007 to 2016)
North Central Region Bio-Link National fellow (2006)
American Public Health Association (2006 to present).
MPH Faculty Excellence in Teaching Committee, KUMC (2006)
KUMC MPH Student Association secretary (2005/2006)
KUMC MPH Research Committee student representative (2005/2006)
Biotechnology Advisory Board Member, JCCC (2005 to present)
Kansas Public Health Association (2005 to present).
Committee at Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at University of Missouri at Kansas City (2004 to 2005)
American Society for Virology (2002 to present).
Creighton University Student Government Graduate Student Representative (2000 to 2001).
Creighton University International Student Association Member (1997 to 2001).

Community Service

Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair Judge (2014 to present)
Shawnee Mission School District Science Fair Judge (2013 to present)
Volunteer, Shawnee Mission School District (2011 to 2016)
Volunteer, Jewish Vocational Services (2005 to 2007)
COPE Foundation Volunteer, Cork, Ireland. Teacher of mentally and physically challenged children (1996)

Research Funding

STEM Scholars Program. National Science Foundation. Principal investigator. Submitted September 2015. Invited to submit full proposal.

Integrate unknown micro-organism project with reference lab technology. Technology Innovation. JCCC. Principal Investigator. Funded June 2014.

Ethnography to Action: Participatory Action Research with Sudanese Refugee Women. Co-investigator with Martha B. Baird, PhD, ARNP, CTN-A, Principal Investigator and Elaine Domien, PhD, ARNP, University of Kansas Medical Center. Funded November 2010.

Use of Webcams to Support Online Learning. Technology Innovation. JCCC. Principal Investigator. Funded March 2008.

The Bi-State Bioscience Consortium for Curriculum and Faculty Development. National Science Foundation. Coprincipal investigator. Submitted proposal outline December 2007. Invited to submit full proposal February 2008. Funded June 2008.

Pathways to Public Health. US Department of Agriculture. Co-principal investigator. Funded June 2008.

Promotion of Health Literacy/Awareness Amongst Refugee Women by Community Health Advisors. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Principal Investigator. Submitted April 2007.

Development of a Peer Counselor Network (POWR Peers) to Improve Refugee Family Education. Menorah Legacy. Principal Investigator. Submitted March 2007.

The Influence of Maternal Education on the Health and Educational Development of Newcomer Children. The Foundation for childhood development. Principal Investigator. Submitted November 2006.

Evaluation of Bioscience Education Needs. Carl D. Perkins Postsecondary State Leadership. Project Goal Implementer. Funded August 2006.

OneKC WIRED, Center of Excellence in Bioscience. US Department of Labor. Project Goal Implementer. Funded February 2006.

Education in Biotechnology. Kansas Department of Commerce. Project Goal Implementer. Funded October 2005.

Public Health Needs of Somali Bantu Refugee Women. Community Health Project. Kansas Health Foundation. Principal Investigator. Funded May 2005.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

In situ formation of protease resistant prion protein in a prion infected brain slice. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum; Omaha, Nebraska, February 2000.

In situ formation of protease resistant prion protein in a transmissible mink encephalopathy infected brain slice. Ellyn R.Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. American Society for Microbiology Regional Conference; Kansas City, Missouri, April2000.

Formation of PK-resistant 35S-PrP at endogenous PrPSc deposits in a prion infected brain section. Ellyn R. Mulcahy andRichard A. Bessen. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum; Omaha, Nebraska, February 2001.

Regional mapping of the formation of PK-resistant 35S-PrP at endogenous PrPSc deposits in a prion infected brain section.Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. American Society for Microbiology Regional Conference; Omaha, Nebraska,April 2001.

Transmissible mink encephalopathy strain specific kinetics of PrPSc formation in the cell free conversion reaction. EllynR. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum; Omaha, Nebraska, February 2002.

Determination of the strain specific kinetics of PrPSc formation in the cell free conversion reaction. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. American Society for Microbiology Regional Conference; Kansas City, Missouri, April 2002.

Strain specific kinetics of PrPSc formation in the cell free conversion reaction. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Richard A. Bessen. American Society for Virology, 21st annual meeting; Lexington, Kentucky, July 2002.

Anterograde and retrograde spread of the prion agent along cranial nerves and across peripheral synapses in the tongue. Richard A. Bessen, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Jason C. Bartz and Tony E. Kincaid. International Winter Meeting on Growth and Death in the Nervous System; St. Moritz, Switzerland, March 2004.

A select number of Vpu proteins from SIVcpz are functional for CD4 down-regulation despite extensive sequence diversity from the HIV-1 group M and O isolates. Edward B Stephens, Lisa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Mario Santiago, Beatrice Hahn,Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Pathogenesis, Keystone Symposium; Whistler, British Columbia, April 2004.

Fusion of the upstream Vpu sequences to the Env of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIVKU-1bMC33) results in the synthesis of two envelope precursors proteins, increased numbers of virus particles associated with the cell surface and is pathogenic for pig-tailed macaques. David R. Hout, Melissa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, and Edward B. Stephens. Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Pathogenesis, Keystone Symposium; Whistler, British Columbia, April 2004.

Vpu proteins from SIVcpz are functional for CD4 down-regulation despite extensive sequence diversity from the HIV-1 group M and O isolates. Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Lisa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Mario Santiago, Beatrice Hahn, Edward B Stephens. Retroviruses, 29th annual meeting; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, May 2004.

Fusion of the upstream Vpu sequences to the Env of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIVKU-1bMC33) results in the synthesis of two envelope precursors proteins, increased numbers of virus particles associated with the cell surface and is pathogenic for pig-tailed macaques. David R. Hout, Melissa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, and Edward B. Stephens. Retroviruses, 29th annual meeting; Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, May 2004.

Substitution of the Transmembrane Domain of Vpu in Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SHIVKU-1bMC33) with that of M2 of Influenza Results in a Virus that is Sensitive to Inhibitors of the M2 Ion Channel and is Pathogenic for Pig-Tailed Macaques. David R. Hout, Melissa Gomez, Lisa Gomez, Erik Pacyniak, Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Sarah H. Inbody and Edward B. Stephens. Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Pathogenesis, Keystone Symposium; Banff, British Columbia, April 2005.

Public Health Needs of Somali Bantu Refugee Women. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Community Health Project Showcase, Kansas Health Foundation; Wichita, KS. July 2005.

Identification of the Health Needs of Somali Bantu Refugees through Educational Intervention and interviews. Ellyn R.Mulcahy, Carla Buchheit, Elyse Max, Bruno Finocchario, Suzanne R. Hawley and Aimee S. James. KUMC Student Research Forum. April 2006.

Development and Evaluation of a Health Training Program for Somali Bantu Refugees. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Kansas Public Health Association; Topeka, KS. September 2006.

Identification of the Health Needs of Somali Bantu Refugees through an educational intervention. Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Carla Buchheit, Elyse Max, Bruno Finocchario, Suzanne R. Hawley and Aimee S. James. American Public Health Association; Boston, MA. November 2006.

Control your health: A low-literacy, interactive educational program for Somali refugee women with chronic diseases.Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Carla Buchheit. American Public Health Association; Washington DC. November 2007.

Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance. Ellyn R. Mulcahy United States Department of Agriculture. April 2008.

Refugees in Kansas; Who Are They? Why Are They Here? What Help Do They Need? Ellyn R. Mulcahy. College Scholars Lecture Series. Overland Park, KS. October 2008

Health Education for Somali Bantu Women Refugees in Kansas City. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. College Scholars Lecture Series. Overland Park, KS, October 2008.

Environmental Toxins. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. St. Luke’s Symposium “Your Health is in Your Hands”; Overland Park, KS. September 2011.

Vaccination Update: What You Need To Know About Childhood and Adult Vaccines. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Carroll P. Hungate Postgraduate Seminar on Occupational and Environmental Health; Overland Park, KS. February 2012.

Identification of the Health Needs of Sudanese Refugee Women Through Community-Based Collaborative Action Research. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Martha Baird. American Public Health Association; San Diego, CA. October 2012.

Decreasing Class Size Increases Student Success in Microbiology Laboratory. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. The League for Innovation in the Community College; Kansas City, MO. October 2012. Alzheimer’s Disease; Amyloid, Inflammation and the Disease Process. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Alzheimer’s Disease Forum; Overland Park, KS. November 2012.

Identification of the Health Needs of Sudanese Refugee Women Through Community-Based Collaborative Action Research. Ellyn R. Mulcahy and Elaine Domien. Kansas Public Health Association; Topeka, KS. October 2014.