Albert I. Ko M.D.

  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
  • Chair, Department of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Emerging infections, urban slum and health, Zika virus and congenital Zika syndrome, leptospirosis, vaccine preventable diseases


My research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. I coordinate a research program on urban slum health in Brazil and investigates infectious disease threats such as rat-borne leptospirosis, which is as a paradigm for an infectious disease that has emerged due to the interaction of climate, urban ecology and social marginalization. Since December 2016, my program and I have mobilized our efforts to investigate the Zika pandemic and epidemic of microcephaly and birth defects in Brazil.