Patrick (Pat) Fitch serves as the Associate Laboratory Director, Chemical, Earth and Life Sciences for Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since March 2020, Pat also leads the LANL Special Office for COVID-19 R&D (SOC-19).
Previously, Pat was the President of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute, LLC (BNBI) and founding Director of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), a Department of Homeland Security Federally Funded Research and Development Center.
Prior to joining Battelle, Pat worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 22 years where he served as Program Leader, Division Leader, Center Director, and Acting Deputy Associate Lab Director leading ChemBio defense, genomics, biotechnology, engineering research, and health care technologies.
Pat has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and B.S. degrees in Physics and Engineering Sciences from Loyola College, Maryland.
Pat’s recent research interests have been the application of genomics, host-pathogen biology, and biosafety to bioforensic analysis and threat characterization in biodefense.