Elsio Wunder, Jr, PhD, MS, DVM

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Lecturer - Water, Sanitation and Public Health, EMD

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Yale Institute for Global Health


Dr. Wunder is an experienced veterinarian and microbiologist with significant expertise in molecular biology and infectious disease of public health interest. Dr. Wunder has more than 10 years of experience working in diagnostic reference laboratories for leptospirosis in Brazil, both in veterinary and public health settings. This experience has given him an in-depth understanding of the practical clinical laboratory issues as well as the challenges in leptospiral disease diagnosis and pre-clinical vaccine studies in experimental animal models. His PhD thesis, performed under the supervision of Dr. Albert Ko, and Dr. Mitermayer Reis, centered on translational research applications to identify Leptospiral determinants that enable the bacterium to penetrate and disseminate in the host. As part of this work he developed and evaluated qPCR-based DNA detection assays for clinical diagnosis, incorporated these methods in active laboratory-based surveillance for leptospirosis in the city of Salvador, and supervised the regional reference laboratory for leptospirosis to perform standard laboratory confirmation methods. He also developed an experimental model in hamsters to characterize the dissemination of Leptospira, quantify the pathogen load in host tissues during infection, and evaluate novel vaccine candidates.

Education & Training

PhD Brazil Ministry of Education (2010)
MS Federal University of Rio Grande do Sol, Brasil (2007)
DVM Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2004)

Professional Service

  • PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2017 - Present) Deputy Editor

  • PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases (2016) (2016 - 2017) Associate Editor

  • IACUC - Yale University (2014 - Present) Committee Member

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Elsio Wunder, Jr, PhD, MS, DVM
Lab Location
60 College Street, Fl 6th floor Rm LEPH 607
New Haven, CT 06510
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Office Location
60 College Street, Ste 319A
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases60 College Street, LEPH 319A
New Haven, Connecticut 06510