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Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

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

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Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

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  • Immunobiology

    PO Box 208011, 300 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520

    United States



Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D., is a Sterling Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale University, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Canada and her postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of immune defense against viruses at the mucosal surfaces, and the development of mucosal vaccine strategies. She is the co-Lead Investigator of the Yale COVID-19 Recovery Study, which aims to determine the changes in the immune response of people with long COVID after vaccination. Dr. Iwasaki also leads multiple other studies to interrogate the pathobiology of long COVID, both in patients, and through developing animal models of long COVID. Dr. Iwasaki was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018, to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019, to the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2021, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Toronto (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Nakaaki Tsukahara Memorial AwardBrain Science Foundation of Japan2024
Elected President American Association of Immunologists (AAI)2023
Connecticut Medal of ScienceConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2023
Elected Member of CouncilHoward Hughes Medical Institute2021
Elected to the European Molecular Biology Organization Membership2021
Elected American Academy of Arts and Sciences2021
Winner, Inspiring Yale, School of Graduate Studies2020
Elected American Academy of Microbiology2020
Elected National Academy of Medicine2019
Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research2019
Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Award2018
American Associations of Immunologists (AAI) Thermo Fisher Meritorious Career Award2018
Elected to the Council of the American Associations of Immunologists2018
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences2018
Winner, Inspiring Yale2017
Elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2016
Master of Arts Privatum2013
Eli Lilly and Company Research Award, American Society for Microbiology2012
BD Biosciences Investigator AwardAmerican Associations of Immunologists (AAI)2011
American Associations of Immunologists (AAI) BD Biosciences Investigator Award2011
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

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