Erol Fikrig MD

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Section Chief, Infectious Diseases

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology | Microbiology

Yale Medical GroupHTI | Microbial Pathogenesis | School of Public Health: Parasitology ProgramSkin Diseases Research Center, Yale | Internal Medicine: Infectious DiseasesMolecular Virology

Research Interests

Vector-borne diseases; Lyme disease; Human granulocytic ehrilichiosis; West Nile virus more...


  • BA, Cornell University, 1981
  • M.D., Cornell University, 1985

Selected Publications

  • Silver, A.C., A. Arjona, W.E. Walker, and E. Fikrig. 2012. The circadian clock controls toll-like receptor 9-mediated innate and adaptive immunity. Immunity 36:251-261. 3315694
  • Schuijt, T.J., J. Coumou, S. Narasimhan, J. Dai, K. Deponte, D. Wouters, M. Brouwer, A. Oei, J.J. Roelofs, A.P. van Dam, T. van der Poll, C. Van't Veer, J.W. Hovius, and E. Fikrig. 2011. A tick mannose-binding lectin inhibitor interferes with the vertebrate complement cascade to enhance transmission of the lyme disease agent. Cell Host Microbe 10:136-146. 3170916
  • Cheng, G., J. Cox, P. Wang, M.N. Krishnan, J. Dai, F. Qian, J.F. Anderson, and E. Fikrig. 2010. A C-type lectin collaborates with a CD45 phosphatase homolog to facilitate West Nile virus infection of mosquitoes. Cell 142:714-725. 2954371



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