Stephanie Lutter Fritz

After completing medical school, Lutter Fritz moved to Washington University in St. Louis to accept a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases, earning a master’s degree in clinical investigation. She is now an instructor and researcher in the university’s Patient-Oriented Research Unit, where she studies the epidemiology and virulence of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), one of the so-called superbugs that cause severe and sometimes fatal infections among patients. For her research ambitions she was awarded the Infectious Diseases Society of America/National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Pfizer Fellowship in Clinical Disease. Fritz doesn’t just battle bacteria in the lab: She also treats pediatrics patients at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and performs investigations in community settings.