Dr. Joshua Fessel graduated from the Vanderbilt MSTP in 2006 as the Founder’s Medal
winner for the School of Medicine. He is currently an Assistant Professor within the
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Vanderbilt University with
appointments in Medicine, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology. As a physician-scientist,
Dr. Fessel splits his time between 20-25% clinical and 75-80% research. To date, he
equally weights the discovery of isofurans and his work to help build the mitochondrial
science community at Vanderbilt as his most important scientific endeavors thus far. His
laboratory investigates redox biology and molecular metabolism with a focus on a
variety of different disease models, most notably pulmonary arterial hypertension.
Closing the gap between the bench and bedside, Dr. Fessel attends in the medical
intensive care unit and on the pulmonary consultation service eight weeks per year and
serves in a general pulmonary outpatient clinic.