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Victor Nizet

Distinguished Professor, Pediatrics and Pharmacy, UC San Diego

Victor Nizet is Distinguished 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 as well as Distinguished Professor at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Nizet is a graduate of Reed College, 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 leads a large basic and translational research laboratory focused on discovering virulence factors of invasive bacterial pathogens, elucidating mechanisms of host innate immunity, and innovative approaches to infectious disease therapy. He is also leading the initiative known the UCSD Collaborative to Halt Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes (CHARM) which debuted in 2019. 

Dr. Nizet has authored over 490 peer-reviewed publications and has collaborated with several biotechnology interests in developing new antibiotic and immune-based therapies against drug-resistant pathogens. Dr. Nizet's work has been recognized by an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Lung Association Career Investigator Award, the American Asthma Foundation Senior Investigator Award, an NIH Merit Award, and the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics, 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 the laboratory website: