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Abstract of Interview
Erol Fikrig was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to a Turkish physician father and Scots housewife mother. He has one younger brother. The family moved to Queens, New York, when Fikrig was a young child, so he grew up in the United States. He attended public schools until high school, when he was sent to United Nations International School. He liked and did well in school, and played a number of sports as well. Fikrig was graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he very quickly eschewed anthropology and majored in chemistry. He decided early, influenced by both his father and his college roommate, to go to medical school. He attended Cornell's Weill School of Medicine in New York City. During his third and fourth years he studied in Brazil, where he became interested in vector-borne diseases. Interested in infectious disease and internal medicine, he did his residency at Vanderbilt University. From there he became a fellow at Yale, where he worked in Richard Flavell's laboratory. He was offered an assistant professorship in rheumatology at Yale, eventually becoming an associate professor and then full professor. He and his wife, a physician whom he met at Yale, have two children. Fikrig continues to study Lyme disease and other related diseases.
|1981||Weill Cornell Medical College||MD|
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
National Foundation of Infectious Disease Young Investigator Award
|1991 to 1992||
Daland Fellow of the American Philosophical Society
Dean's Young Faculty Award, Yale School of Medicine
|1992 to 1994||
Infectious Diseases Society of America Vaccine Development Award
|1993 to 1995||
American Heart Association Young Investigator Award
|1993 to 1996||
Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award
|1993 to 1997||
Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
|1996 to 2001||
American Heart Association Established Investigator Award
Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation
Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
|1998 to 2003||
Burroughs Wellcome Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research
Table of Contents
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, but lives there only a year or two. Family settles in Queens, New York. Attends public elementary school, but United Nations International School for high school. Early interest in anthropology.
Matriculates at Cornell University, where he majors in chemistry. Competes with roommate, Steven Mazlin. Decides to study medicine.
Enters Cornell Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Studiesleishmaniasis in Brazil. Accepts residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Accepts fellowship at Yale University to study immunology and infectious diseases. Meets and marries Margaret Karis. Works in Richard Flavell's laboratory. Accepts position in rheumatology section at Yale University.
Appointed assistant professor at Yale University; promoted to associate professor, and then to full professor. Finding grants. Balancing work with family life. Continuing research into Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis