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Mary Petrone and Tyler Johnson
Mary Petrone, PhD candidate, and Tyler Johnson, MPH candidate take a break from their research in Uganda to hike at Murchison Falls. Both were working on TB-related projects during the summer.


A diversity of research opportunities are available working in the laboratories of Yale faculty associated with the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (more information).

Current Departmental Research Projects

Some recent and current EMD Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and their research projects include:

  • Generation of immunity following genital HSV-2 infection
  • Characterizing the post-incarceration risk environment in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Modeling Rabies Control
  • Spatial models for public health intervention of vector-borne diseases
  • Understanding the eco-epidemiology of vector borne pathogens using West Nile Virus as a model system.
  • The role of the tsetse fly's fat body immune responses in combating African trypanosome infection
  • Identification of Polymicrobial and Genetic Factors for Otitis Media Pathogenesis
  • Using partially-effective HIV vaccines in South Africa: informing difficult policy decisions through the use of behavioral epidemiology and mathematical modeling
  • Elements behind a population-based newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency
  • Use of Chronic Opioid Therapy in Vulnerable Populations: Temporal Trends and Quality of Pharmacologic Care in the National Veterans Administration
  • Ecological, behavioral & insecticidal resistance determinants of anti-malaria intervention success on Bioko Island and Mainland Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa
  • Identifying factors required for flavivirus transmission and replication in mosquito cells and tissues
  • Modeling TB and HIV coinfection in South Africa
  • Evaluation of hepatitis B vaccination program among injection drug users