Dr. Fischer is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. He completed his B.S. in Chemistry at Iowa State University in 2000, and earned M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Iowa in 2009. His work in Dr. Paul McCray's lab investigated how airway host defense systems are partitioned between surface epithelial cells and submucosal glands, and demonstrated that iodide can increase oxidative host defense of airway surface epithelia against adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus. After medical school, he completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2012. He returned to Iowa for pulmonary fellowship, conducting cystic fibrosis research with Dr. Michael Welsh using the CF pig model. Dr. Fischer's current research focuses on mucociliary transport in CF and wild type pigs and how the CF pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa interact with airway mucus.