Chantal Vogels

Chantal Vogels, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Research Scientist | Yale School of Public Health | Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases
Laboratory of Epidemiology of Public Health (LEPH) | 60 College St. | New Haven, CT 06510
Email: [email protected]
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BS in biology – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

MS in biology – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Intern – Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Intern – Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

PhD in medical entomology & arbovirology – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Postdoc fellowship in virus-vector interactions – Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands


I was born and raised in The Netherlands, a small country in Northwestern Europe. During my Biology studies at Wageningen University & Research I became interested in medical entomology. Some of the highlights of those days are testing fungi for the control of malaria mosquitoes, rearing head lice on my arm for several months, and searching for ticks in the dense jungle of Central Panama. During my PhD research I was introduced in the field of arbovirology, and I became fascinated by interactions between viruses and their vectors. Now I have a broad background in mosquito ecology, ranging from mosquito surveillance and modeling, to virus-infection studies and behavioral assays in the biosafety level 2 and 3 laboratories.

In the Grubaugh lab, my main focus is on functional evolution of arboviruses. I was granted a Rubicon fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to study the impact of Zika virus evolution on transmission potential by mosquitoes. Within this project I’m evaluating the role of mutations that were observed during the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas on fitness of the virus in cells and mosquitoes. Outside the lab, I’m actively involved in the Yale Postdoctoral Association as one of the Professional Development committee chairs. To keep a strong bond with Europe, I am also a member of the advisory board of the European Society for Vector Ecology.

I very much like to be challenged in my daily life, and have a passion for adventure, traveling, and sports.