Faculty Profiles

Elizabeth Co

Elizabeth Co


PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Areas of Interest: science education, human immunology and reproduction
(617) 353-5564

Current Research

Two of my utmost passions in life have been teaching and learning about the structure of human body and its diseases. Here at BU I combine those interests in teaching four courses all about health and the human body primarily for Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Science students going into health sciences careers. While I am no longer actively involved in laboratory research, I am constantly learning and discovering new things to keep my courses relevant, engaging and up-to-date with the current research in the field.

Courses Taught

  • BI 105AC Introductory Biology for the Boston University Academy
  • BI 105 Introductory Biology for Health Sciences
  • BI 106 Human Anatomy
  • BI 114 Human Disease
  • BI 211 Human Physiology

Selected Publications

  • Co E, Gormley M, Kapidzic M, Rosen DB, Stlop HAR, Scott MA, McMaster M, Lanier LL, Barcena A., Fisher SJ (2013) Maternal decidual macrophages inhibit NK cell killing of invasive cytotrophoblasts during human pregnancy. Biol Reprod, 88(6):155, 1–9.
  • Co E (2008) The immune paradox of human pregnancy: Fetal trophoblasts and maternal leukocytes. Ph.D. Thesis, University of California, San Francisco.
  • Mackewicz C, Yuan J, Tran P, Diaz L, Mack E, Selsted M, Levy J (2003) α-Defensins can have anti-HIV activity but are not CD8 cell anti-HIV factors. AIDS. 17: F23-32.
  • Li JZ, Mack EC, Levy JA (2003) Virucidal efficacy of soap and water against human immunodeficiency virus in genital secretions. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 47 (10): 3321-2.