Richard Michael Merkhofer, Jr., MD
Green Bay, WI
Infectious diseases, Immunology
Richard was born and raised near Green Bay, WI, and attended college in Central New York at Colgate University. Richard pursued broad interests in college, including tropical ecology, plant physiology, and medical entomology. While he will always be a basic biologist at heart, working in a windowless basement room with biting flies convinced him to pursue a career where he could be at the bedside. Richard returned to Wisconsin as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at UW-Madison. His graduate research addressed a genetic health disparity in the rate of blastomycosis; his project focused on ethnic differences in antifungal immunity. Richard plans to practice in infectious diseases and continue doing research to address the genetic/immunologic underpinnings of infections. Outside of medicine, Richard enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with Sky, his hound mix. He could not be more excited to pursue the next stages of his training at Vanderbilt!
BA - Biology - Colgate University - 2012
MD - University of Wisconsin - 2021
PhD - University of Wisconsin - 2021