Douglas K. Fischer, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

The University of Pittsburgh has one of the strongest biomedical research programs in the country, and ranks highly in NIH funding. Pitt has a long history of innovations and breakthroughs in the biomedical sciences and is home to numerous noteworthy researchers. The cross-disciplinary and collaborative environment offers unique and exciting opportunities for work and education. All of this in a city voted one of the most livable in the country.

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 2019
  • MS in Computer Science, James Madison University, 2001
  • BA in Physics, Bridgewater College, 1995

Research Interests

Host/Pathogen Interactions; Emerging Infectious Diseases; Biosecurity; Astrobiology, Synthetic Biology, and Extremophiles; Complex Adaptive Systems