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Aksoy to deliver Medical Library Associates lecture April 27

April 21, 2022

Serap Aksoy, Ph.D., professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) at the Yale School of Public Health, will present the annual lecture of the Medical Library Associates on Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. The lecture, “Advancing global public health: building bridges across disciplines and advocating for evidence-based health policies,” will be virtual, and registration is required; register here.

Dr. Aksoy is a tropical medicine researcher whose work focuses on the epidemiology of insect-transmitted (vector-borne) and zoonotic diseases. Her research has been on tsetse flies and the pathogenic parasites they transmit that cause a highly neglected and fatal disease in humans in Africa known as sleeping sickness. Her laboratory focuses on deciphering the vector-parasite molecular dialogue and parasite development during the transmission process, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel targets of interference and developing transmission-blocking vaccines to reduce disease.

Her fundamental and interdisciplinary work on tsetse and its microbial symbionts has identified key principles that shape host-microbe interactions. Her studies with tsetse’s mutualistic microbes identified nutritional contributions that facilitate female fecundity and mediate host immune system development. Her studies with tsetse’s commensal microbiota led to a novel biological method, coined as paratransgenesis, in which anti-parasitic molecules are synthesized in the beneficial gut microbes, thus making the gut environment inhospitable for disease-causing parasites. The ability to spread such modified microbes into natural insect populations is being explored to reduce disease transmission as a novel biological method.

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Submitted by Sabrina Lacerda Naia dos Santos on April 21, 2022