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College of
Health Sciences

Jennifer Boardman, PhD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Department of Medical Education
Master of Biomedical Sciences Program
North Campus
Doylestown Campus

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Graduate Education Office
Scranton, PA 18509
Fax: 570-504-9663

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology


Jennifer M. Boardman, PhD, received her PhD in biomedical sciences with specializations in microbiology and immunology from Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wis., Dr. Boardman investigated the role of chemokines in the repair of intestinal epithelial barrier integrity in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Boardman served as a research associate at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H., where her research interests include innate immunity in the female reproductive tract, sexually transmitted infections and female sex hormone regulation of immunity. Currently, Dr. Boardman focuses her scholarly activities on the development of holistic approaches to enhance graduate student academic and professional success.

Recent publications

  • Szarek, J.L., J.M. Boardman, M. White, and J.T. Holt.  2016.  Integrated and flipped: 5 years’ experience of integrating active learning in an integrated course.  Medical Science Educator, 26(1):159-167.
  • Boardman J. Critical Synthesis Package: Tool for Assessing Cultural Competence Training (TACCT). MedEdPORTAL Publications; 2015. Full text
  • McClelland, E.E., L.M. Hobbs, W.K. Potts, J.M. Smith, and J.J. Ory.  2013.  The role of host gender in the pathogenesis of Crytpococcus neoformans infections.  PLoS One, 8(5):e63632.
  • Ghosh, M., Z. Shen, J.V. Fahey, S. Crist, M. Patel, J.M. Smith, and C.R. Wira. 2012. Pathogen recognition in the human female reproductive tract: expression of intracellular cytosolic sensors NOD1, NOD2, RIG-1, and MDA5 and response to HIV-1 and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Am. J. Reprod. Immunol., epub ahead of print 9-17-12.
  • Smith, J.M. and E.E. McClelland. 2012. Teaching immunology through microbiology. Medical Science Educator, 22(3):96-101.
  • Wira, C. R., Ghosh, M., Smith, J., Shen, L., Connor, R., Sundstrom, P., Frechette, G., Hill, E., and Fahey, J., Epithelial cell secretions from the human female reproductive tract inhibit sexually transmitted pathogens and Candida albicans but not Lactobacillus, Mucosal Immunology, 4(3):335-42, 2011. Full text
  • Fahey, J., J. Wright, L. Shen, J. Smith, M. Ghosh, R. Rossoll, and C. Wira. 2008. Estradiol selectively regulates innate immune function by polarized human uterine epithelial cells in culture. Mucosal Immunology 1:317-325. PMID: 19079193. Full text
  • Smith, J.M., Z. Shen, C.R. Wira, M.W. Fanger, and L. Shen. 2007. The effects of menstrual cycle status and gender on neutrophil phenotype. Am. J. Reprod. Immunol. 58:111-119. PMID: 17631004. Full text
  • Mselle, T., S.K. Meadows, M. Eriksson, J.M. Smith, L. Shen, C.R. Wira, and C.L. Sentman. 2007. Unique characteristics of NK cells throughout the human female reproductive tract. Clin. Immunol. 124:69-76. PMID: 17524808. Full text
  • Shen, L., J.M. Smith, Z. Shen, M. Eriksson, C. Sentman, and C.R. Wira. 2007. Inhibition of human neutrophil degranulation by transforming growth factor-beta1. Clin. Exp. Immunol. 149:155-61. PMID: 17403059. Full text 
  • Smith, J.M., C.R. Wira, M.W. Fanger, and L. Shen. 2006. Human Fallopian tube neutrophils – a distinct phenotype from blood neutrophils. Am. J. Reprod. Immunol. 56:218-29. PMID: 16938110. Full text
  • Shen L., J.M. Smith, Z. Shen, S. Hussey, C. Wira, and M. Fanger. 2006. Differential regulation of neutrophil chemotaxis to IL-8 and fMLP by GM-CSF: lack of direct effect of oestradiol. Immunology. 117:205-12. PMID: 16423056. Full text   
  • Smith, J.M., P.A. Johanesen, M.K. Wendt, D.G. Binion, and M.B. Dwinell. 2005. CXCL12 activation of CXCR4 regulates mucosal host defense through stimulation of epithelial cell migration and promotion of intestinal barrier integrity. Am. J. Physiol. Gastrointest. Liver Physiol. 288:G316-26. PMID: 15358596. Full text   
  • Dwinell, M.B., P.A. Johanesen, and J.M. Smith. 2003. Immunobiology of epithelial chemokines in the intestinal mucosa. Surgery. 133:601-7. PMID: 12796725. Full text
  • Smith, J.M., J.A. Rexroth, D.G. Chaffin, and S.H. Jackman. 2003. Serotyping of group B streptococci in a small community hospital: an analysis of distribution and site of infection. Infect. Dis. Obstet. Gynecol. 10:165-70. PMID: 12648309. Full text   
  • Smith, J.M., R.H. Respess, D.G. Chaffin, and S.H. Jackman. 2001. Differences in innate immunologic response to group B streptococcus between colonized and noncolonized women. Infect. Dis. Obstet. Gynecol. 9:125-32. PMID: 11516060. Full text   


Bachelor – West Virginia State College, Institute, WV
PhD – Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Postdoctoral – Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Postdoctoral – Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH 


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