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J. Patrick Fitch

J. Patrick Fitch

Associate Laboratory Director
Chemical, Earth, and Life Sciences
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Founding Director of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC)


Biodefense and countermeasures

Fitch’s expertise is in biosecurity, genomics, biotechnology, medical device design, imaging systems, and computer algorithms and architectures.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has programs and capabilities in forecasting for infectious diseases (such as influenza and dengue), bioinformatics, genomics, biodefense, biomanufacturing, and environmental microbiology.

Fitch was director of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), a maximum biocontainment center with BSL-2, BSL-3, and BSL-4 laboratories conducting bio-forensic analyses and threat characterization for biodefense.

He worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twenty-two years. He has served on advisory and governing boards for five different national laboratories, a regional higher education center, three universities, the US Animal Health Association, and the California State Breast Cancer Research Program. Fitch chaired two panels of the National Academies. He served on other panels and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University.