Stephen (Steve) Libby
Steve Libby is a Research Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Microbiology. Dr. Libby has been working in the field of microbial genetics and molecular pathogenesis for over 28 years. He switched fields from eukaryotic gene expression for his PhD thesis project and moved to bacterial pathogenesis during his postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego. He then accepted a faculty appointment at the NC State University, Department of Microbiology in 1997, then to the University of Washington in 2003. While at NC State, Dr. Libby headed the Biosafety Committee and ushered the university into the new rules and regulations following 9/11. Dr. Libby was appointed to the UW IBC in 2004 and became Chair of the IBC in 2014. His research interest is understanding the molecular genetics of Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Typhi pathogenesis using in vitro and in vivo model systems. Dr. Libby also works on Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis and has developed a nasal colonization model. He is the current Chair of the UW IBC and also serves on the UW IACUC committee. In his spare time, Steve enjoys cooking, serious photography, working on BMWs and Triumphs, instructing drivers on the race track, and is actively involved in two local car clubs.