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Elmer R. Pfefferkorn, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

Harvard University, PHD 1960

Contact Information:

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7550
Hanover NH 03755


Having arrived at Dartmouth in 1967, Elmer has been an inspiration to generations of students in Infectious Disease, Microbiology, Parasitology and Virology. He has made a significant impact on many careers by using the power of storytelling to illuminate science. A favorite story, one which all of Elmer’s students can recount, illuminates the concept of fecal veneer.

Elmer has always displayed an incredible respect for his students by being punctual and prepared for each lecture, generally spending several hours rehearsing his material, even for lectures he had already delivered many times. His philosophy of teaching medical students is to be “absolutely clear and absolutely fascinating.”

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