Robert S. Wallis

Pfizer, USA


Robert S. Wallis received his B.A. degree from Antioch College, and an M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, and joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine at CWRU in 1987. In 2000, he moved his laboratory to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he directed clinical and research activities of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the NJ Medical School. His academic career focused on laboratory-based studies of mycobacterial pathogenesis and immunity, and international clinical trials of TB diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring, and of copathogenesis with HIV. In 2004, Dr. Wallis became the Medical Director at PPD, Inc., a global contract research organization that provides discovery, development, and postapproval services for industry, academia, and government. In 2008, he took his present position with Pfizer, where he is Clinical Group Lead for Anti-Infectives, and Clinical Lead for PNU-100480, a TB oxazolidinone. Dr. Wallis has published over 120 scientific papers in journals such as the Lancet Infectious Diseases, Journal of Immunology, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Blood, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Infection and Immunity, and has authored chapters in textbooks such as Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus (ASM), Tuberculosis Drug Development (Nova Science), and Tuberculosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Treatise (Elsevier). He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of several journals, including the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Tuberculosis, and Clinical and Laboratory Immunology. He has served on numerous international expert advisory and review panels. Dr. Wallis previously served as the Chair of Division U (Mycobacteriology) of the American Society for Microbiology and is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Biography Updated on 27 August 2009

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