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Christian Tschudi, PhD

John Rodman Paul Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director of Graduate Studies



Christian Tschudi is the John Rodman Paul Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Graduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health and earned an A.B. in microbiology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Basel in Switzerland. He currently co-directs an NIH-sponsored Global Infectious Disease Training Program (D43) in translational research training on leishmaniasis & emerging infectious diseases and is the co-director of the China Scholarship Council-Yale World Scholars Program in Public Health. Dr. Tschudi is an expert on neglected tropical diseases, as evidenced by editorial board and study section appointments and a Burroughs Wellcome Award. He is currently the organizer of the international conference on kinetoplastid molecular cell biology. Dr. Tschudi’s studies focus on the biology of trypanosomes the causative agents of devastating diseases in Africa and South America with special emphasis on one of the fundamental steps in the life of a pathogen, namely the acquisition of infectivity.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Basel (1982)


  • RNomics in Trypanosoma brucei-Bioinformatics and functional approaches
    Israel (2012-2016)
    The major goals of this project are to understand the small RNA complement of T. brucei, with special emphasis on snoRNAs.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican Academy of Microbiology2014
Burroughs Wellcome Fund New Investigator Award in Molecular Parasitology2000
Research Project Award in Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, MacArthur Foundation1984
James Hudson Brown-Alexander B. Coxe Fellowship1982
European Molecular Biology Laboratory Pre-doctoral Fellowship1981
Swiss National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship

Professional Service

mBIOBoard of Editors2017 - Present
NIHStudy section for Pathogenic Eukaryotes2011 - 2017

Departments & Organizations