Michael Fischbach, PhD

Phone: +1 415 514-9435
Fax: +1 415 514-1028

1700 4th Street, Rm 508C
UCSF Box 2550
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

Educational programs

External affiliations

Consultant, Genentech
Scientific Advisory Board Member, Warp Drive Bio
Scientific Advisory Board Member, Second Genome
Consultant, Achaogen
Scientific Advisory Board Member, Reckitt Bensicker
Consultant, Bayer CropScience
Scientific Advisory Board Member, NGM Biopharmaceuticals

What I do

My laboratory uses a combination of genomics and chemistry to identify and characterize small molecules from microbes, with an emphasis on the human microbiome.

My research expertise

Chemistry, Chemical biology, Microbiology, Human Microbiome, Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Natural products, Drug discovery, Antibiotics, Biosynthesis, Metabolism

Degrees

PhD, Chemistry, Harvard College, Harvard University, 2007
BA, Biochemistry, Harvard College, Harvard University, 2003

Biography

Michael Fischbach is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF and a member of the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3). Fischbach is a recipient of the NIH Director's New Innovator Award, a Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, a Medical Research Award from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease award, a Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, and the Young Investigator Grant for Probiotics Research from the Global Probiotics Council. His laboratory uses a combination of genomics and chemistry to identify and characterize small molecules from microbes, with an emphasis on the human microbiome. Fischbach received his Ph.D. as a John and Fannie Hertz Foundation Fellow in chemistry from Harvard in 2007, where he studied the role of iron acquisition in bacterial pathogenesis and the biosynthesis of antibiotics. Before coming to UCSF, he spent two years as an independent fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital coordinating a collaborative effort based at the Broad Institute to develop genomics-based approaches to the discovery of small molecules from microbes. Fischbach is a member of the scientific advisory boards of NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Reckitt Benckiser, Symbiota, and Warp Drive Bio, and a member of Genentech's Scientific Resource Board.