Kristina Talbert-Slagle, senior scientific officer at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, was named the winner of this year’s Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching.
The Poorvu Family Award was established to recognize and enhance Yale’s strength in interdisciplinary teaching. It provides the means for distinguished junior faculty in interdisciplinary fields to conduct essential summer research. The Poorvu award carries a prize of $10,000, which will be offered in the form of a research fund.
Talbert-Slagle’s research projects explore how biological and social complex systems mirror and potentially influence each other. Her recent work has included analyzing how virus spread among individual cells could serve as a model for innovation spread among complex human organizations and exploring how the practices of supply chain management by The Coca-Cola Company have been applied to improve delivery of medicines in Tanzania. Talbert-Slagle teaches courses on the biology and social context of HIV/AIDS and global health research methods.