Dr. LiPuma received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1980. He completed pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases subspecialty training at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He returned to the University of Michigan in 1999, where he is currently the James L. Wilson MD Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, and the Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases He served as the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics between 2004 and 2014. He is certified by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has been engaged in biomedical research for more than 30 years with a focus on bacterial infections of the airways in persons with cystic fibrosis. His current research employs culture-independent microbial community profiling to understand the airway microbiota in CF. His laboratory serves as a national reference laboratory for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and maintains an extensive culture collection that includes approximately 40,000 bacterial strains. He is a recipient of the Richard C. Talamo Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and was awarded an honorary PhD degree from the University of Gent, Belgium. He has authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and has mentored numerous subspecialty fellows, master's students, and PhD post-doctoral trainees.