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Alessandra Orfano

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Alessandra Orfano



Dr. Orfano is an Associate Research Scientist in the department of Epidemiology and Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health. She receive her master's degree (2012) and Phd (2016) in Health Sciences from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil. During her PhD program she received an one year fellowship to develop part of her PhD training outside of Brazil and she spent one year at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research- NIH. After finishing her PhD, she continued her training as post doc and in 2019 she joined the Yale School of Public Health as a postdoctoral associate, and in 2021 she became a junior faculty at the EMD-YSPH.

Dr. Orfano's research is focused on understanding the parasite vector interaction dynamic. She is currently working on Genetic diversity of Plasmodium falciparum and how this can affect the transmission to the Anopheles mosquito.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral fellowship
    Rene Rachou Research Institute, Fiocruz (2019)
  • PhD
    Rene Rachou Research Institute-FIOCRUZ, Health Science (2016)
  • Visiting Fellow - PhD
    in National Institutes of Health (2015)
  • MSc
    Rene Rachou Research Institute-FIOCRUZ, Health Science (2012)
  • BSc
    Bachelor in Biology. Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais- Brazil. (2009)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
KL2 awardYale Center for Clinical Investigation2023

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