Alexander Yu is a post-doctoral and clinical fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University Hospital. He is interested in the impact that climate and environmental changes have on infectious diseases and human health. His research is on the effects of outdoor air pollution on respiratory infection and health in Bangladesh, and on the broader impacts of environmental change on spread of water-borne and vector-borne infectious diseases in an international setting. He is part of an inter-disciplinary group based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
Alex was born in Texas, grew up in Maryland and has had the opportunity to live around the country and the world. Prior to joining Stanford, Alex completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and obtained his medical degree at Texas Tech University. During that time, he worked collaboratively alongside engineers to examine the impact of water filtration projects on diarrhea in Peru. He also worked with hydrologists at M.I.T. to help the Singapore Ministry of Health understand the impact of rainfall on Dengue virus transmission. Alex completed a Masters Degree in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public health focusing on Global Health and did his undergraduate training at the Johns Hopkins University where he studied Sociology.