William Robert Fleischmann

Foundational Sciences

Specialty: Microbiology and Immunology

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 1431
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-7857
Fax: 989-774-1215

Bob Fleischmann received a Ph.D. in viral genetics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. His graduate work focused on elucidating the mechanism of action of the antiviral activity of interferon (IFN-alpha/beta). He was a post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.

Fleischmann joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UTMB in 1977 and served in that capacity until 2004. While at UTMB, he taught medical microbiology, biochemistry, microbial genetics, virology, physiology, and pathobiology and host defenses courses. He also served two terms as the graduate program director of the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program. While at UTMB, he served as course director for a number of courses, helped to develop the Integrated Curriculum Evaluation Exercise program and helped to design a new Medical School curriculum at UTMB that featured problem-based learning cases. In 2004, he moved to the University of Minnesota Medical School where he was a faculty member in the Department of Urologic Surgery. At the UMN, he taught medical microbiology and immunology and developed a PBL course called Foundations in Critical Thinking. In 2011, he joined the CMU College of Medicine​ faculty, where he serves as co-director of the Foundational Sciences of Medicine course and as coordinator of Year 1 and 2 courses.

Fleischmann is the author of more than 125 peer-reviewed original articles and reviews in the area of interferon and cytokine research. His current research focuses on efforts to develop cancer vaccines.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
    • Indiana University
      NIH Post-doctoral Fellow in Biochemical Genetics
      Bloomington, Ind.
    • University of Texas Medical Branch
      James W. McLaughlin Fellow in Viral and Cellular Genetics
      Galveston, Texas

  • Doctorate
    • Purdue University
      viral genetics
      West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Undergraduate
    • Capital University
      Bachelor of Science
      Columbus, Ohio
Specialty Interests:
Cytokines and Cancer Vaccines

Awards & Honors:
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 1982
    • University of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 1990
    • University of Texas Medical Branch, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Class of 1947 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001
    • University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine
  • Continued Excellence in Teaching Award, 2002
    • University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine
  • Faculty Marshall for School of Medicine Commencement, 2003
    • University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine
  • Visiting Scientist from Abroad at PSG College of Technology, 2007
    • Government of India, Coimbatore, India
  • Second Year Clinical Teachers of the Year, Community Faculty Winner, 2010
    • University of Minnesota Medical School--Duluth
  • International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Association for Cancer Research