Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Departments & Organizations

Immunobiology: HTI | Iwasaki Lab

Molecular Virology

Molecular Virology

Office of Student Research

Skin Diseases Research Center, Yale

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology: B and T Cell Effector and Memory Cell Differentiation; Computational Immunology; Infectious Disease and Host-Pathogen Interaction; Mounting an Immune Response; Regulating the Immune Response | Microbiology: Immunology & Host Response | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development: Pathogen-Cell Interactions

Biography

Akiko Iwasaki received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 1998, and her postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health (USA) (1998-2000). She joined Yale University (USA) as a faculty in 2000, and currently is an Investigator of the HHMI and a Professor of Department of Immunobiology and Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology. Akiko Iwasaki’s research focuses on the mechanisms of immune defense against viruses at the mucosal surfaces. Her laboratory is interested in how innate recognition of viral infections lead to the generation of adaptive immunity, and how adaptive immunity mediates protection against subsequent viral challenge.

Education & Training

PhD University of Toronto (1998)

Honors & Recognition

  • Eli Lilly and Company Research AwardAmerican Society of Microbiology (2012)

  • BD Biosciences Investigator AwardAmerican Associations of Immunologists (AAI) (2011)

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in Pathogenesis in Infectious DiseasesBurroughs Wellcome Fund (2005)

  • Wyeth Lederle Young Investigator AwardInfectious Diseases Society of America (2003)

  • Ethel Donaghue Women’s Health Program Investigator AwardEthel Donaghue Women’s Health Program (2003)

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical SciencesBurroughs Wellcome Fund (2000)

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