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Mark Fisher, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Pathology

Scholarly Emphasis: Microbial Genetics/Microbial Pathogenesis
Mark Fisher, Ph.D.

Mark A. Fisher, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Email Address: mark.fisher |@|

Office Phone Number: (801) 583-2787 x3438

Location: ARUP Laboratories

Also Works in: ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology  

Division: Clinical Pathology

Supporting Staff:   Karen J. Nelson  


About Mark Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Fisher has focused his research efforts on using molecular genetics to dissect the complex interaction between Y. pestis and the flea vector.  Using global gene analysis strategies, he hopes to gain insight into how the agent of the Black Death is able to adapt to the very different environments of the mammalian host and the flea vector.

Dr. Fisher also has an interest in clinical microbiology and antimicrobial resistance.  He is board-certified by the American Board of Medical Microbiology and serves as Medical Director of the ARUP Bacteriology, Antimicrobials, ID Rapid Testing and Parasitology Laboratories.

Selected Publications

  • Tam, P.I., Fisher, M.A., Miller, N.S. (2010) Corynebacterium falsenii Bacteremia Occurring in an Infant on Vancomycin Therapy. J. Clin. Microbiol. 48:3440-2.
  • Fisher, M.A., Stamper, P.D., Hujer, K.M., Love, Z., Croft, A., Cohen, S., Bonomo, R., Carroll, K.C., Petti, C.A. (2009) Performance of the Phoenix Bacterial Identification System Compared to Disk Diffusion Methods for Identifying ESBL, AmpC, and KPC Producers. J. Med. Microbiol. 58:774-8.
  • Fisher, M.A., Grimm, D., Henion, A.K., Elias, A.F., Stewart, P., Rosa, P.A., Gherardini, F.C. (2005) Borrelia burgdorferi sigma54 is Required for Mammalian Infection and Vector Transmission but not for Tick Colonization. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102:5162-7. Commentary on p. 4933-4.
  • Grimm, D., Tilly, K., Bueschel, D., Fisher, M.A., Policastro, P., Gherardini, F.C., Schwan, T.G., Rosa, P.A. (2005) Defining Plasmids Required by Borrelia burgdorferi for Colonization of Tick Vector Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae). J. Med. Entomol. 42:676-84.
  • Fisher, M.A., Plikaytis, B.B., Shinnick, T.M. (2005) Evaluation of transcript labeling techniques and development of a membrane-based parallel gene expression assay. Am. J. Biochem. Biotech. 1:5-12.
  • Fisher, M.A., Plikaytis, B.B., Shinnick, T.M. (2002) Microarray analysis of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis transcriptional response to the acidic conditions found in phagosomes. J. Bacteriol. 184:4025-32.
  • Bono J.L., Jaber B., Fisher M.A., Abuodeh R.O, O'Leary-Jepson E., Scalarone G.M., Smith L.H. Jr. (2001) Genetic diversity and transcriptional analysis of the bys1 gene from Blastomyces dermatitidis. Mycopathologia. 152:113-23.
  • Fisher, M.A., Weiser, G.C., Hunter, D.L., Ward, A.C.S. (1999) Evaluation of Pasteurella haemolytica and P. trehalosi biogroup or biovariant isolates for presence of the leukotoxin gene, lktA, by polymerase chain reaction. Am. J. Vet. Res. 60:1402-6.
  • Wakamoto, A., Fryer, B.M., Fisher, M.A., Johnson, T.J., Lundgren, D.K., Knickerbocker, J.D., Rounds, S.L., and Scalarone, G.M. (1997) Detection of antibodies and delayed dermal hypersensitivity with different lots of Blastomyces dermatitidis yeast lysate antigen: stability, sensitivity, and specificity evaluations. Mycoses. 40:303-8.
  • Fisher, M.A., Legendre, A.M., and Scalarone, G.M. (1997) Immunologic and chemical characterization of glycoproteins in IEF fractions of Blastomyces dermatitidis yeast lysate antigen. Mycoses. 40:83-90.
  • Fisher, M.A., Bono, J.L., Abuodeh, R.O., Legendre, A.M., and Scalarone, G.M. (1995) Sensitivity and specificity of an isoelectric focusing fraction of Blastomyces dermatitidis yeast lysate antigen for the detection of canine blastomycosis. Mycoses. 38:177-82.
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Honors and Awards

  • 2006-2009, RMRCE Career Development Award – Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research

Professional Education

  • 2002, Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • 1996, M.S. in Microbiology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
  • 1994, B.S. in Microbiology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID