Akiko Iwasaki was born and raised in Japan until high school. She moved to Canada and received her B.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Toronto. Iwasaki then moved to the US and received her postdoctoral training from the National Institutes of Health (1998-2000). She joined Yale University as a faculty in 2000, and currently is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Department of Immunobiology, and of Department of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale. Akiko Iwasaki’s research focuses on the mechanisms of immune defense against viruses. Her laboratory is interested in how innate recognition of viral infections lead to the generation of adaptive immunity, and how adaptive immunity mediates protection against subsequent viral challenge. Her recent research focuses on the immune responses in the neural tissues.
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