Serap Aksoy, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Acting Chair, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Years active at Yale: 2002-present
Serap Aksoy, PhD, is being recognized for her excellence in research into the biology of host-pathogen interactions, specifically involving tsetse flies, which transmit African trypanosomes and harbor multiple symbiotic microbes. Dr. Aksoy has multiple collaborative research programs with institutions in Uganda and Kenya, and her lab is developing novel methods to reduce tsetse fly populations or their ability to transmit disease. In Uganda, she studies Sleeping Sickness disease. In Kenya, she has been involved in an international training program to expand research capacity in tsetse-transmitted diseases.
During her time at Yale, Dr. Aksoy has headed the Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. She also serves as editor in chief of the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, where she works to build research and publication capacity for global neglected tropical diseases. She has chaired both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Vector Biology Study Section and the World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, Molecular Entomology BL5.