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Victor Nizet to discuss “Collaborating with the Innate Immune System to combat Multidrug-Resistant Superbugs” on Feb. 7

Dr. Victor Nizet, professor and vice chair for Basic Research and chief of the Division of Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, will give a presentation entitled “Collaborating with the Innate Immune System to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Superbugs” at noon on Thursday, Feb. 7 in SMHS Room W314.

Dr. Nizet is a graduate of Reed College, received his medical training at Stanford University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Harvard University’s Children’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

Dr. Nizet leads a large basic and translational research laboratory focused on discovering virulence factors of invasive bacterial pathogens, elucidating mechanisms of host innate immunity, and exploring novel approaches to infectious disease therapy. He is also leading the initiative for the UCSD Collaborative to Halt Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes (CHARM), which will debut in 2019. A professor also at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr. Nizet has authored over 415 peer-reviewed publications, including several in the most prestigious general scientific journals. He has collaborated with several biotechnology interests in developing new antibiotic and immune-based therapies against drug-resistant pathogens. Dr. Nizet’s work has been awarded the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Lung Association Career Investigator Award, the American Asthma Foundation Senior Investigator Award, the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics, and the 2016-17 UCSD Chancellor’s Associates Award for Faculty Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering. Dr. Nizet has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Microbiology. Details of his research program can be found on his laboratory website.

The lecture is sponsored by SMHS Host-Pathogen CoBRE, and everyone is welcome to attend.