Division of Infectious Disease
Professor of Medicine, Director of the Program in Innate Immunity and the Worcester Foundation Chair in Biomedical Science
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA USA
Katherine A. Fitzgerald is recognized as an international leader in the field of innate immunity. Her groundbreaking insights have helped to advance understanding of inflammatory mechanisms in health and disease. Using an interdisciplinary approach and a highly collaborative style, she has made numerous novel discoveries including the identification of Toll-like receptor adapter molecules, the discovery of TANK Binding kinase-1 (TBK1) as the IRF3 kinase, the discovery of the AIM2 inflammasome and uncovering new evidence for the importance of regulatory long-coding RNAs in innate immune cells.
Professor Fitzgerald obtained her Ph.D. in 1999 from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin working with Luke O’Neill (1999-2002). She joined the Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as a Wellcome Trust Fellow in 2002 and joined the faculty in 2004. She is currently Professor of Medicine, Director of the Program in Innate Immunity and the Worcester Foundation Chair in Biomedical Sciences.
Kate has been a member of the ISICR and then ICIS since 2002. She is the 2014 recipient of the Seymour & Vivian Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine Research and the 2003 Milstein Young Investigator Award as well as the 2003 International Cytokine Society Young Investigator Award. She is currently Co-Chair of the ICIS Awards Committee (2017 – 2019) and Co-Chair of Cytokines 2018, the 6th Annual Meeting of the International Cytokine & Interferon Society, in Boston, USA. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 American Association of Immunologists BD-Biosciences Investigator Award; the 2014 Eli Lilly and Company-Elanco Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology, the St. Patrick’s Day Medal from the Irish Government and Science Foundation of Ireland.