Sarah Fortune, MD

Lab Info:

Principal Investigator: Sarah Fortune, MD

Office/Location: HSPH/ 665 Huntington Ave, Boston MA

Phone: (857) 268-7087 or (617) 432-6965


Category: Associate Members

Dr. Sarah M. Fortune is the John LaPorte Given Professor of Immunology & Infectious Diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute and an Associate Member of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard, where she serves as Director of the Tuberculosis Program.


Her lab currently seeks to define bacterial determinants of the variability in clinical outcomes of tuberculosis. Areas of interest include mechanisms and rates of genetic and epigenetic diversification, and identification of mechanisms by which the bacterium generates high frequency diversity. Her group approaches these questions through a combination of bacterial genetic approaches, microfluidic and high-density live-cell imaging, and high-throughput methodologies such as comprehensive proteomics and whole-genome sequencing.


Dr. Fortune was honored as a Burroughs Wellcome Foundation Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Award and the NIH New Innovator Award.


Dr. Fortune received an undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University and an MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She completed her internship and residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in the combined MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases.


Watch: Dr. Fortune’s 2011 Pop Tech talk