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Associate Laboratory Director, Chemical, Earth & Life Sciences

J. Patrick Fitch directs programs that leverage the Laboratory's world-class capabilities in chemistry, bioscience, and earth and environmental sciences.


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J. Patrick Fitch

J. Patrick FitchPatrick (Pat) Fitch serves as the Associate Laboratory Director, Chemical, Earth and Life Sciences for Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Most recently, Pat was the President of the Battelle National Biodefense Institute, LLC (BNBI) and founding Director of the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). BNBI has managed and operated NBACC as a Federally Funded Research and Development Center for the Department of Homeland Security since its formation in 2006.

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.