Victor Nizet, MD
Year elected: 2006
Current membership category: Senior
Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research
University of California, San Diego
Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics
Collaborative to Halt Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0760
La Jolla, CA 92093-0760
United States of America
Phone: 858-534-7408

Biographical statement

Victor Nizet is a Professor and Vice Chair for Basic Research in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD where he serves as Chief of the Division of Host-Microbe Systems and Therapeutics. He also holds a joint appointment as Professor at UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. 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 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 Gram-positive bacterial pathogens, elucidating mechanisms of host innate immunity, and novel approaches to infectious disease therapy. He is also currently leading the initiative for a UCSD Health Sciences Center for Immunity, Infection & Inflammation which debuted in 2014. Dr. Nizet has authored over 320 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, and the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics. Dr. Nizet has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Microbiology.

Institutional affiliations

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (Primary)


Drug Development
Infectious Disease

Positions held

Division Chief
Graduate Program Track Leader