Colin Fields grew up in Middletown, MD and received his bachelor's degrees in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2020. While at UMD, Colin completed an honors thesis investigating the use of bacteriophages as a therapeutic and sensitizing agent for multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections. He also spent the winters and summers working as a research volunteer under Dr. Shirin Munir in the RNA Viruses Section at the NIH’s main campus in Bethesda. At the NIH, his research focused on designing vaccines for parainfluenza and respiratory syncytial viruses and investigating the glycobiology of the PIV3 F and HN proteins. After graduating from UMD, Colin moved to Tucson during the summer of 2020 to start his MD/PhD training at the University of Arizona. He joined the Bhattacharya Lab at the start of 2022 after finishing his first 2 years of medical school where his research focuses on stem cell engineering with the ultimate goal of developing cellular therapeutics.
In his free time, Colin enjoys volunteering at the UA VETS center, hiking, growing plants, and riding his motorcycle.