Dr. Christopher Pierce joined the Department of Biology at the University of the Incarnate Word as an Assistant Professor in fall of 2015. Dr. Pierce completed his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. He earned an M.S. in Biology from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007 and a B.S. in Biology from Missouri Southern State University in 2005. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Pierce completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
Dr. Pierce studies fungal infections with emphasis on Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen capable of causing disease (candidiasis) particularly in immunocompromised patients. Candidiasis is the fourth most common nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection worldwide with unacceptably high mortality rates up to 40 percent. The seriousness of these infections is heightened by the limited arsenal of antifungal drugs and treatment strategies. His research interests are focused on the role of biofilm formation and filamentation as important virulence factors of C. albicans infections and the development of novel agents targeting these virulence factors associated with infection.
Dr. Pierce enjoys teaching, working with students in the research lab, volunteering at state and local science fairs, traveling, and visiting his family in Missouri.