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Albert Ko
Chair, Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Yale School of Public Health

Dr Albert Ko, an infectious disease physician, is a professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health and collaborating researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazilian Ministry of Health. His research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. Dr. Ko leads a research and training program on urban slum health in Brazil which combines multidisciplinary approaches to identify prevention and control strategies for emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, dengue and leptospirosis. Dr Ko serves as a member of the WHO R&D Taskforce for Zika Virus and WHO R&D Blueprint Working Group on Clinical Trial Design. During the COVID-19 epidemic, he mobilized a team of investigators at Yale for the goal of implementing clinical and translational research, developing new diagnostics, and preparing cohorts for intervention trials. Dr Ko was called upon by Governor Lamont to serve with Indra Nooyi as co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group and continues to advise the state on its COVID-19 prevention and control plan.