Ellen Arena

Your UBC Experience

As a PhD student working with Dr. Finlay at UBC, I had exposure to some of the best bacterial pathogenesis research in North America. My training was extensive and lead directly to a very successful postdoc with Dr. Philippe Sansonetti at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. That experience ended up changing the whole course of my scientific career.

Thesis Title

Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection of the gallbladder: a novel in vivo epithelial cell infection model


  • University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2005-2010)
  • Gerhard Henrik Armauer-Hansen Memorial Scholarship (2005-2010)
  • Pacific Century Graduate Scholarship (2007-2008)
  • Graduate Entrance Scholarship (2005-2006)

Your Career Journey and Achievements

I am currently working as an Assistant Scientist for Dr. Kevin Eliceiri at the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI) at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I currently work as an image analyst, training users in the open source, image software toolkit, ImageJ. Thanks to the training I received in microscopy and imaging throughout my scientific journey, I was able to transition from pure Microbiology to my current position as an image processing and analysis expert in the area of image science.


Grad Year:


UBC Degree/Program:

  • Ph.D./Microbiology&Immunology


UBC Supervisor:

  • Ph.D. supervisor: Dr. Brett Finlay



Other Education:

  • University of Wisconsin - Parkside, 2005, B.Sc./Molecular Biology & BioInformatics


Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA

Job Title & Employer:

Assistant Scientist/Kevin Eliceiri, Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI), University of Wisconsin - Madison

Current Location:

Madison, Wisconsin, USA