Victor Nizet is a Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy at the University of California, San Diego and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pharmacology & Drug Discovery at University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Nizet received his medical training at Stanford University School of Medicine, completed a Residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics at Harvard University's Children's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington's Children's Hospital in Seattle. Dr. Nizet joined the UCSD faculty in 1997, and leads a large basic and translational research laboratory focused on discovering virulence factors of Gram-positive bacterial pathogens, elucidating mechanisms of host innate immunity, and novel approaches to infectious disease therapy. He is also currently leading the initiative for a UCSD Health Sciences Center for Immunity, Infection & Inflammation which will debut in 2013.
Dr. Nizet has authored over 240 peer-reviewed publications (> 100 since 2009), including several in the most prestigious general scientific journals. Dr. Nizet's work has been recognized by the Sidney Farber Award, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Young Investigator Award, the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation Scholar Award, the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Lung Association Career Investigator Award, the American Asthma Foundation Senior Investigator Award, and the 2008 E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics. Dr. Nizet has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Microbiology.