Akiko Iwasaki elected by the National Academy of Medicine
October 21, 2019
Akiko Iwasaki is one of six Yale faculty members that have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the organization announced Oct. 21 at its annual meeting.
She is among 100 new members elected by the organization to receive the honor, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine.
Iwasaki’s research focuses on the mechanisms of immune defense against viruses at the mucosal surfaces. Her laboratory is interested in how innate recognition of viral infections lead to the generation of adaptive immunity, and how adaptive immunity protects against subsequent viral challenge. She recently showed that a new vaccine strategy can provide preventive and therapeutic protection against viral infections.
She is Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Immunobiology, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, professor of dermatology, and an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.