Victor J. Torres obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and his PhD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. After completing his postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt, Dr. Torres joined the faculty of NYU Grossman School of Medicine in 2008, where he built an internationally renowned research program that investigated the pathogenesis of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to a vibrant basic science laboratory, Dr. Torres has been able to translate the fundamental discoveries of his lab into novel candidate vaccines and biologics. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a recipient of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease fellowship and was selected as a MacArthur Fellow in 2021. Dr. Torres joined the St. Jude faculty in 2023 to serve as the founding Chair of the Department of Host-Microbe Interactions and is the Albert and Rosemary Joseph Endowed Chair.