March 29, 2021

UM Microbiology & Immunology Alums on the Frontlines of the Pandemic

See how UM M&I Graduates Nate Fisher (Fuller and Hanna Labs), Matthew Kasper (Collins Lab) and Clarise Starr (Engleberg Lab) are joining forces to wage war against the pandemic in the military!

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, an outbreak ripped through the ranks of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, with more than 1,200 sailors infected and one death. The outbreak on the nuclear powered ship would portend of the virus’ rapid spread among the general population worldwide, providing an early glimpse into the ease of transmission and the vital importance of public health interventions such as mask wearing and social distancing.

“There’s a common adage in the military that most risks are from disease and non-battle injuries,” says Nathan Fisher, Ph.D., microbiologist and Major in U.S. Army’s Central Command. “But this pandemic has made people realize we are accepting a lot of risk when we don’t take infectious disease seriously.”

(Please continue reading this story about our alums' exciting work waging war against the pandemic in the military.)

Military Microbiologists With a Surprising Connection (uofmhealth.org)