Prof Victor Nizet

Victor Nizet received his undergraduate education in Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon and subsequently began his medical training at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. After graduation, Prof. Nizet completed a Residency at Harvard University's Children's Hospital in Boston, and a Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington's Children's Hospital in Seattle. In 1997, Prof. Nizet joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. 

In 2006, Prof. Nizet was named Chief of a new Division of Pharmacology & Drug Discovery at UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.  This Division encompassed faculty in basic, translational, and clinical research, including the investigators and staff of the NICHD-Funded UCSD Research Program in Developmental Pharmacology.  The program seeks to establish a pathway for drug development from initial discovery of novel compounds and targets through to early stage clinical trials, with a major focus on development of new anti-infective strategies.

The Nizet laboratory has published > 320 manuscripts in the fields of microbial pathogenesis, innate immunity and novel approaches to infectious diseases therapy, including > 100 in the last 3 years alone. In 2015, the Division of Pharmacology & Drug Discovery was renamed the Division of Host-Microbe Systems & Therapeutics to better reflect the breadth of research of its 12 faculty members.  Concurrently, Dr. Nizet assumed the role of Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD School of Medicine.