Nathan Fisher

Assistant Professor

Van Es 114A

701 231 7518


  • Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan (2006)
  • MBA from Loyola University Maryland (2013)

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease and Public Health, Department of Veterinary & Microbiological Sciences, NDSU (2012-current)
  • Principal Investigator in the Bacteriology and Genomics departments of the National Bioforensic Analysis and Countermeasure Center (2010-2012)
  • Chief of Microbiology at the Air Force Theater Hospital & 256th Army Combat Support Hospital in Balad, Iraq (2010-2011)
  • Adjunct Faculty in Microbiology at Hagerstown Community College (2009-2010)
  • Principal Investigator in the Bacteriology Division at the US Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease (2006-2010)

Research Interests

My research team is broadly interested in the fundamental genetic and genomic basis of bacterial persistence in stressful environments, opportunistic bacterial pathogenesis, and innate immunity. We follow the land-grant model of application-inspired research wherein our projects relate directly to the needs of the region. You can learn more about our team on our website (

Undergraduate laboratory mentorship is a very high priority for me. Several undergraduate scholars have been co-authors on our recent scientific publications and have presented their research projects
at regional or national scientific conferences. Please contact me if you are interested in getting research experience.