Akiko Iwasaki, Ph.D. Waldemar von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology, Yale University; Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Akiko Iwasaki received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and her postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), before joining Yale University in 2000. She is currently an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases).

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. She received the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in Biomedical Sciences; BD Biosciences Investigator Award; and the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018, and to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019. Iwasaki is well known for her Twitter advocacy on women and underrepresented minority in the science and medicine fields.

Talk Title:
Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2
Friday, Nov. 12
Scientific Keynote 
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. EST

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