Research & Publications
Dr. Peter J. Krause is Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. He received his B.A. with honors in biology from Williams College and his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatric internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center and his Pediatric Infectious Diseases training at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1979 where he became Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He moved to Yale in 2008.
Dr. Krause carries out translational, epidemiological, and clinical research in the study of vector-borne disease. His primary focus has been on human babesiosis but he has also carried out research on two companion tick-borne infections, Lyme disease and relapsing fever caused by Borrelia miyamotoi. He is the author of more than 190 peer reviewed scientific publications, 2 books, and 35 book chapters. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and is on the Editorial Boards of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, Plos Neglected Tropical Diseases, and Pathogens. He has served on several leadership committees of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Connecticut Infectious Diseases Society. He has been cited in American Men and Women of Science, The Best Doctors in America, and Who’s Who in America.
Dr. Krause and his colleagues were the first to
Characterize the frequency and clinical outcome of human tick-borne disease coinfection
Identify the long-term persistence of Babesia infection in people
Perform an antibiotic treatment trial for human babesiosis
Characterize persistent and relapsing babesiosis in immunocompromised hosts
Develop a laboratory method for screening the blood supply for Babesia microti infection
Discover human infection by the relapsing fever spirochete Borrelia miyamotoi
Discover human infection by Borrelia miyamotoi in the United States (co-discoverers)
Develop a Borrelia miyamotoi antibody assay
Describe the epidemiology of Borrelia miyamotoi infection
Provide evidence that Borrelia miyamotoi may be transmitted through blood transfusion
They also have quantitated the risk of transmission of babesiosis and Lyme disease though blood transfusion and developed several antibody and molecular-based tests for the diagnosis of babesiosis and Borrelia miyamotoi.
Education & Training
- MDTufts University School of Medicine (1971)
- BAWilliams College (1967)
- Research FellowUCLA
- ResidentStanford University Medical Center
- ResidentYale New Haven Hospital
- InternYale New Haven Hospital
- Tick-borne Disease ResearchObihiro, Japan; Moscow, Russia; New Haven, United States 2010We have collaborated with Russian scientists to describe the first human cases of Borrelia miyamotoi relapsing fever infection. We are continuing research collaboration to better define the epidemiology, ecology, clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of this infection. We are working with Japanese scientists to develop improved laboratory testing for the diagnosis of babesiosis, another emerging tick-borne infection.
Honors & Recognition
|Fellow, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene||2016|
|Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis||2006|
|Member, Infectious Disease Society of America Practice Guidelines Committee,||1994, 1998|