Catherine Blish is a Professor of Medicine and Immunology and the Associate Dean for Basic and Translational Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. As an undergraduate she studied biochemistry at the University of California, Davis, before completing her MD and PhD at the University of Washington, followed by residency in internal medicine and fellowship training in infectious diseases at the University of Washington. Her research is dedicated to learning how to harness the immune system to prevent and cure diseases. Her lab studies human natural killer (NK) cells, a critical first line of defense against pathogens, working to define how human natural killer cells sense and respond to a diverse array of pathogens, including HIV, dengue virus, influenza, tuberculosis, and SARS-CoV-2. She divides her time between research, clinical practice in infectious diseases, teaching, and her role as an Associate Director of the Stanford MD-PhD program. She has received numerous awards for research and mentoring, including Stanford Immunology Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and the NIDA Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research. She is an elected a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians and is an Investigator of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.
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