David Fischer

David Fischer

Director of Biomedical Sciences
Assistant Professor

David Fischer
Contact Info:
Campus: Corktown Campus
Building: School of Dentistry
Room: DC 436
Phone: 313-494-6668
David Fischer
Areas of Expertise:


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • B.S., University of Michigan


Dr. Fischer teaches immunology and nutrition to dental hygiene, undergraduate and graduate dental students. Dr. Fischer has been the Director of the Division of Integrated Biomedical Sciences since 2019 and is serving his second term as the Dental School Faculty Assembly Vice President. He is also a member of the University Shared Governance Task Force and the University Wellness and Wellbeing Committee. Dr. Fischer has a B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology from the Wayne State University School of Medicine and conducted postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center. He joined the university in 2017.

    Areas of Research

    Current areas of dental research include: the roles of human herpesviruses in periodontal disease, and the impact of nutritional status on the adaptive immune response in the oral cavity

    Dr. Fischer has previously conducted research on influenza and rotavirus vaccines, the gastrointestinal microbiota, probiotics, and the impact of malnutrition on the immune response.


    Grants & Funding

    The Fischer lab had a grant from the University of Detroit Mercy entitled “Human herpesvirus infection, salivary antibodies and nutritional status in periodontal disease” and receives support from the NIH ReBUILDetroit grant.


    Lab Members

    Jamal Alhabeil, Laboratory Technician and Lab Coordinator
    Racha Tiba, Detroit Mercy Undergraduate, BUILD Scholar
    Kaldoun Barawi, DS2