Erol Fikrig M.D.

  • Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Section Chief, Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases, lyme disease, general rheumatology, arthritis, global public health


My laboratory investigates several arthropod-borne diseases. Studies are directed toward understanding the pathogenesis of, and developing new strategies to prevent, Lyme disease, human anaplasmosis and West Nile encephalitis. West Nile virus can cause fatal encephalitis, and we seek to understand the pathogenesis of this emerging mosquito-borne disease. Finally, we are also developing molecular approaches to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from feeding on a mammalian host, thereby interfering with pathogen transmission.