Robert W. Fisher, Ph.D. sits in FDA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats (OCET) as the Senior Advisor for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats and pandemic influenza. In addition to an advisory role, his responsibilities include serving as the FDA point of contact for interagency coordination of policy and program activities in matters related to counterterrorism, emerging threats, and CBRN medical countermeasures.
Prior to rejoining FDA in 2018, Dr. Fisher served as Director, Special Projects and Senior Strategic Information Officer in the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. His prior FDA experience includes review/research experience as a Staff Fellow and Staff Scientist in FDA’s Center for Biologics Research and Review, and as Director of Medical Countermeasure Regulatory Science for FDA’s OCET.
Dr. Fisher received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studied filovirus and poxvirus pathogenesis under a National Research Council Research Associateship at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and holds a certificate in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University.