Kristina Talbert-Slagle, PhD

Assistant Professor; Lecturer, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases; Senior Scientific Officer, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute; Director Global Health Studies, Yale College

Departments & Organizations

Yale School of Medicine

Global Health Studies: HIV/AIDS

Jackson-Global Affairs

Yale Institute for Global Health


Dr. Talbert-Slagle is the Senior Scientific Officer of the Global Health Leadership Institute, assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and a Lecturer in the Yale School of Public Health. As an experienced virologist with postdoctoral training in genetics, immunology, mathematical modeling, health policy, and global health, her research focuses on exploring parallels between molecular, individual, community and population systems. Her recent work has included analyzing the molecular mechanisms of spread and diffusion of viruses among individual cells as a model of innovation spread among human organizations. By utilizing biological models, Dr. Talbert-Slagle and colleagues generate new insights into concepts such as managing diversity, conflict management, and implementation/scale up of innovation that can be applied to complex social systems. Dr. Talbert-Slagle teaches courses at Yale University on the biology and social context of HIV/AIDS and methods of global health research and is an Affiliate of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Dr. Talbert-Slagle received her B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. from Yale University in the Epidemiology of Microbial Disease.

Education & Training

PhD Yale School of Public Health (2010)
BS University of Kentucky, Agricultural Biotechnology (2001)
BA University of Kentucky, Russian and Eastern Studies (2001)
Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University


  • Lessons on Counterinsurgency from the Human Body Washington, D.C., United States (2013 - 2013)

  • United Kingdom, Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program United Kingdom (2007)

    Like many countries dealing with rising health care costs, aging populations and public calls for reform, the U.K. is making substantial changes to its National Health Service (NHS). To prepare NHS staff in leadership roles to navigate this reform, GHLI and the South Essex Partnership Foundation...

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