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Tickborne Diseases

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The Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health has long been a leader in the discovery and research of several tick-borne diseases, beginning with Lyme disease in the late 1970s. The Department brings together expertise in an array of disciplines for the study of tick-borne diseases, including epidemiology, entomology, and disease pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. YSPH faculty engage in research, teaching, surveillance, and control of several tick-borne diseases: Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi hard tick relapsing fever, Powassan virus and Lyme disease. The research work encompasses a range of projects including the epidemiology of these infections in tick vectors, reservoir hosts, and humans; geographic and spatial analysis of epidemiological data; human genetic risk of tick-borne infection; ecological and behavioral drivers for human risk of exposure to tick-borne pathogens; persistence of infection; and co-infection with multiple pathogens, analysis of the cost of infections, and effectiveness of prevention methods.

Faculty of Interest

  • Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    • Babesia
    • Babesiosis
    • Borrelia
    • Chikungunya virus
    • Climate
    • Epidemiology
    • Biological Evolution
    • Insect Vectors
    • Lyme Disease
    • Parasitology
    • Public Health
    • Ticks
    • Global Health
    • Evolution, Planetary
    • Climate Change
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Director, Emerging Infections Program

    Research Interests
    • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • Epidemiology
    • Foodborne Diseases
    • Hepatitis C
    • Injections
    • Public Health
    • Russia
    • Vietnam
    • Global Health
    • HIV Infections
  • Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), in Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and in Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    • Babesiosis
    • Blood Transfusion
    • Epidemiology
    • Lyme Disease
    • Relapsing Fever
    • Borrelia burgdorferi
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
    • Organisms
    • Diseases
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Development Core at Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Co-Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at Yale

    Research Interests
    • Epidemiologic Methods
    • Epidemiology
    • HIV
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Vaccines
    • Communicable Diseases, Emerging
    • Qualitative Research
    • Human papillomavirus 11

Secondary and Adjunct Faculty

  • Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Section Chief, Infectious Diseases

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Epidemiology
    • Lyme Disease
    • Parasitology
    • Public Health
    • Ticks
    • Viruses
    • West Nile virus
    • Global Health
    • Ehrlichiosis
    • Borrelia burgdorferi
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Associate Director School of Public Health and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Associate Director, Yale Emerging Infections Program

    Research Interests
    • Epidemiology
    • Tick Control
    • Ticks
    • Zoonoses
  • Professor of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics; Deputy Director, Investigative Medicine PhD Program; Co-Director of Education, Yale Center for CLinical Investigation

    Research Interests
    • Education
    • Lyme Disease
    • Investigative Techniques
    • Pediatrics
    • Vaccines
    • Case-Control Studies
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
    • Translational Medical Research