Mark A. Fisher, Ph.D.
ARUP Laboratories, University of Utah
Since Dr. Fisher's first microbiology course, which changed the trajectory of his education and career, he has been excited about learning the secrets of microbes. His efforts have focused on advancing the field of microbiology through diverse approaches, with an emphasis on improving infectious disease diagnostics, broadening our understanding of the diversity of microbes and their pathology and understanding the impacts and distribution of antimicrobial resistance.
Whether contributing to the discovery of new bacterial species, evaluating new antimicrobial compounds or consulting on a case in the clinical lab, he is often humbled by how "smart" microbes can be. This respect for microbes has held his interest for more than 30 years and promises to continue for many years to come.