Bridget Griffith, a student in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, interned at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Trypanosome Research Center. She trapped tsetse flies from several regions of Kenya to study the gut microbiome of the fly and the microbiome's link to trypanosome infection status. The Yale School of Public Health houses the only tsetse fly colony in the United States.
Infectious diseases are one of the main contributors to global mortality and morbidity. The Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (EMD) has a tradition of both research and teaching courses designed to understand the distribution, transmission, pathogenesis, and ultimately the control of pathogens. A unique feature of EMD is the strong laboratory component within an epidemiology department. Areas of excellence include HIV/AIDS, vector biology, parasitology, molecular epidemiology, immunology, and the modeling of infectious diseases.