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Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute



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 Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Department of Immunobiology, and of 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

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Eli Lilly and Company Research AwardAmerican Society of Microbiology2012
BD Biosciences Investigator AwardAmerican Associations of Immunologists (AAI)2011
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in Pathogenesis in Infectious DiseasesBurroughs Wellcome Fund2005
Wyeth Lederle Young Investigator AwardInfectious Diseases Society of America2003
Ethel Donaghue Women’s Health Program Investigator AwardEthel Donaghue Women’s Health Program2003
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical SciencesBurroughs Wellcome Fund2000

Departments & Organizations