Serap Aksoy is Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health.
Dr. Aksoy received a BS from Vassar College and a PhD in Biology from Columbia University. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Yale School of Medicine, she joined the faculty at Yale School of Public Health. She has built a large program for investigations on tsetse flies and African trypanosomes, with direct implications and links for disease control in Africa. The overarching paradigm for her program is the interdisciplinary approach to investigation of disease transmission—spanning from basic research on vector and parasite biology in the laboratory to the population genetics/genomics of the vector and parasite in natural populations, and disease epidemiology in the field— in order to develop innovative control methods. Dr. Aksoy has led an international consortium, International Glossina Genome Initiative (IGGI), to develop genetics and genomics knowledge for tsetse flies since 2004, and together with her collaborators in Kenya and Uganda works to build research capacity in tsetse-transmitted diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Aksoy teaches courses in Vector Biology, as well as lecturing widely on topics of parasitology, epidemiology, and global health. Dr. Aksoy has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles, numerous reviews and Editorials. She is a Fellow and Council Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr. Aksoy has been a co-Editor-in-Chief of PLOS NTDs since 2008.
Dr. Walson is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington. He completed his training in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residencies at Duke University, a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of Washington, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Tufts University. Dr. Walson has extensive experience in the design and implementation of large clinical trials in resource-limited settings. He has worked extensively in Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Nepal. Dr. Walson is particularly interested in the effects of enteric infection and composition on childhood survival, immunologic function and growth. Dr. Walson is the Principal Investigator of DeWorm3, a large multi-country trial designed to demonstrate the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths. Dr. Walson is also the Co-Director of CHAIN, a large clinical platform in five countries in Africa and Asia designed to evaluate mortality and morbidity among acutely ill children with varying degrees of malnutrition and to develop and test interventions for this high risk population. In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Walson is the Director of the Global Health Strategic Analysis and Research Training Program (START), an innovative collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington.
Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics.
Dr. Hotez is an internationally recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads the only product development partnership for developing new vaccines for hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and cornativiruses, diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980 (phi beta kappa), followed by a Ph.D. degree in biochemical parasitology from Rockefeller University in 1986 and an M.D. from Weil Cornell Medical College in 1987.
Dr. Hotez has now authored more than 450 original papers and is the author of the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press), Blue Marble Health (Johns Hopkins University Press), and the recently released Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Dr. Hotez served previously as President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is a founding Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Horwitz Award for Excellence in Leadership in Inter-American Health by the Pan American Health Organization of the WHO, in 2017 the Distinguished Achievement award from B’nai B’rith, and in 2018 the Sustained Leadership Award from Research!America.