Gregg Gonsalves

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) at Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Gregg Gonsalves is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health. He received his BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and PhD in Public Health from Yale. His research is centered around the use of quantitative models for improving the response to epidemic diseases and he is specifically interested in the intersection between public policy and health equity. He is also a public health correspondent for The Nation.

Before receiving his BS, he worked as an HIV/AIDS activist for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1990. He then co-founded the Treatment Action Group (TAG) in 1992 where he wrote several reports on AIDS research. Dr. Gonsalves went on to join the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and then in 2006, moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he addressed the AIDS epidemic and aimed to increase access to antiretroviral therapies. 

His interests led him to receive an education at Yale and while working toward his PhD, Dr. Gonsalves co-founded the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP). GHJP connects Yale’s public health and law schools through collaborative research and projects to address health inequities around the world. Joining the faculty at the Yale School of Public Health in 2017, Dr. Gonsalves is also an Associate (Adjunct) Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a co-director of Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency. Utilizing quantitative techniques, Dr. Gonsalves researches how to address health deficiencies and has authored publications on topics such as HIV care in the United States, the global diabetes crisis, and scaling up antiretroviral treatment in resource-poor settings. In 2018, he was named a MacArthur fellow given his focus on addressing human rights and public health in practice.

In January, at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, Dr. Gonsalves was working in the infectious disease epidemiology department. He and fellow faculty focused on how to be useful as a School of Public Health during the pandemic. From a research perspective, he decided to design mathematical models tied to thinking about aspects of COVID-19. Dr. Gonsalves looked back to his HIV/AIDS epidemic activist roots and connected with former colleagues to think about how to deal with larger public policy issues given the pandemic. With roles as both an advocate and an academic researcher, Dr. Gonsalves also has dived into analysis on the regulatory pathway of vaccines and vaccine access across the globe. Dr. Gonsalves has continuously advocated for better local, national, and international interventions to address the health justice and human rights-impacts of epidemics and pandemics. 

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