Akiko Iwasaki, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

Immunobiology: Human and Translational Immunology Program | Iwasaki Lab

CPIRT - Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment

Dean's Workshops

Diabetes Research Center

Molecular Virology: Virology Laboratories

Rheumatic Diseases Research Core

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Cancer Center: K12 Calabresi Immuno-Oncology Training Program (IOTP) | Virus and Other Infection-associated Cancers

Yale Center for Research on Aging (Y-Age)

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology | Microbiology | Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics and Development

Office of Cooperative Research


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

  • 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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Contact Info

Akiko Iwasaki, PhD
Lab Location
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste S630

New Haven, CT 06519
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Office Location
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste Suite 655B

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
ImmunobiologyPO Box 208011
300 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520

Iwasaki Lab