Steinbach Bio















He is the co-founder and continues as the co-chairman of the Advances Against Aspergillosis International Conference, a meeting designed to merge the molecular and clinical sciences of investigating Aspergillus infections. The meeting began in 2004 in San Francisco, continued in 2006 (Athens), 2008 (Miami), 2010 (Rome), 2012 (Istanbul), 2014 (Madrid), 2016 (Manchester), and will soon be in Lisbon, Portugal in 2018. The latest Aspergillosis conference information can be found at: addition to organizing the meeting, he has been the lead guest editor on multiple lengthy supplements highlighting the latest developments in the field of Aspergillus research, and publishes extensively on basic and clinical aspects of aspergillosis.


He has co-edited 8 infectious diseases textbooks, including the American Society for Microbiology authority “Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis”, the 7th and upcoming 8th editions of the leading pediatric infectious diseases textbook in the field, the 2-volume 4,000 page “Feigin & Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases”, and he serves as the antifungal editor of American Academy of Pediatrics best-selling textbook on pediatric treatment, “Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy”, for the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd editions.  He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee) and on the Board of Directors of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.  He was the only pediatrician who served on the 2008 and 2016 Infectious Diseases Society of America Aspergillus treatment guidelines, and leads several international invasive fungal infection and antifungal committees focused on diagnosis and treatment. 


Dr. Steinbach has been the recipient of five different Young Investigator Awards, written over 140 scientific articles on Aspergillus biology and treatment of invasive fungal infections, written over 50 textbook chapters on invasive fungal infections, and has lectured around the world on both the clinical and molecular aspects of invasive aspergillosis. Recent major national awards include the 2016 American Federation for Medical Research Outstanding Investigator Award, given to an individual under 45 for excellence in translational biomedical research and chosen from all medical disciplines, and the 2017 Infectious Diseases Society of America Oswald Avery Award, given to an individual under 45 as the society’s top researcher.  For each, he was one of few pediatricians to ever win the award. 


His clinical interests continue as an active developer and participant in antifungal clinical trials, while he also directs the International Pediatric Fungal Network, a unique NIH-funded global consortium of 55 sites dedicated to investigating pediatric invasive fungal infections through multi-center trials in order to generate new pediatric-specific guidelines. 


Dr. Steinbach lives in Durham, NC with his wife and three children. When not in the lab or the hospital, he is traveling the world in search of the best food and wine, playing tennis, enjoying the beach. 








William J. Steinbach, MD, is a  professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. William Steinbach completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and then graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency training at Stanford University where he was named one of only 12 fellows from all pediatric disciplines in the NIH Pediatric Scientist Development Program. After Stanford, he completed his pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Duke University. He has been at Duke as a faculty member in Pediatrics as well as Molecular Genetics & Microbiology since 2004 where he now directs the Aspergillus Pathogenesis Laboratory. Dr. Steinbach completed a sabbatical at the Unité des Aspergillus at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) in 2004, and another sabbatical at the University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy) in 2007.

Duke University Medical Center

Department of Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


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