Nathan Fisher, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Bacteriology

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As associate director of bacteriology, Nathan Fisher, Ph.D., leads a team of scientists dedicated to combating the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance with state-of-the-art drug discovery and development capabilities.

Fisher joined Southern Research in 2015, as project leader within the Infectious Disease Research program, where he established several new animal models including the first small animal preclinical model for human Chlamydia trachomatis isolates to be offered by a CRO. He quickly advanced to senior project leader and then associate director.

From 2012-2015, Fisher was an assistant professor at North Dakota State University with appointments in the Department of Public Health & the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences. Between 2010 and 2012, he worked as principal investigator at the Genomic Center National Biodefense Analysis & Countermeasure Center, where he designed and managed a dynamic research program to address knowledge gaps within the Biological Threat Risk Assessment for BSL-3 select agent bacteria. From 2006-2010 he was principal investigator, Bacteriology Division, at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, where he managed a variety of projects funded by the Department of the Army and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency to understand the molecular pathogenesis of Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Fisher is a member of several professional scientific associations including the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a proud member of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American and has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since 2001. Fisher earned his doctorate of microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan Medical School and his Master of Business Administration in executive leadership from Loyola University Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from Centre College.