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Victor Nizet is a Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, 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 and Distinguished Professor at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. A graduate of Reed College, 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 then a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington’s Children's Hospital in Seattle. At UC San Diego, he leads a large basic and translational research laboratory studying bacterial pathogenesis, innate immunity, and novel approaches to treatment of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and sepsis. Dr. Nizet has authored over 520 peer-reviewed publications, and has collaborated with biotechnology professionals in developing new antibiotic and immune-based therapies or vaccines. Dr. Nizet’s contributions in research and mentorship the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics from the Society for Pediatric Research, the DC White Award for Interdisciplinary Research from the American Society of Microbiology, Career Awards from the American Heart Association and American Lung Association, an NIH/NIAID Merit Award, and election as fellow/member in the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), Association of American Physicians (AAP), American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).