Dr. Fitzgerald is professor and vice chair in the department of medicine and the director of the Program in Innate Immunity at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
She directs an internationally recognized laboratory focused on understanding the activation and resolution of the inflammatory response in both health and disease. The long-term goal of her work is to determine how inappropriate activation of innate immunity underlies the pathogenesis of infectious, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans.
Dr. Fitzgerald is an elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Royal Irish Academy. She has also received several awards including a MERIT award from the NIH, the Saint Patrick’s Day Medal from the Irish Government and Science Foundation Ireland, the Milstein Award for Excellence in Interferon and Cytokine research from the International Cytokine and Interferon Society, the Eli Lilly and Company Elanco Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology, and the BD-Biosciences Investigator Award from the American Association of Immunologists. She is consistently ranked amongst the top 1% most cited researchers for immunology by Thompson Reuters, every year since 2014. She is currently president of the International Cytokine and Interferon Society.
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