Larry S. Schlesinger earned a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.D. from Rutgers Medical School. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan and held clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at UCLA. He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 1991, rising from assistant professor to professor of medicine. He moved to The Ohio State University in 2002, where he was director of the Division of Infectious Diseases until 2011. He is currently the Samuel Saslaw Professor of Medicine, first chair of the Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, and founding director of the Center for Microbial Interface Biology, an interdisciplinary campus-wide program that focuses on infectious diseases of major concern to human health. He is an internationally recognized physician scientist in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis and other diseases due to intracellular pathogens that subvert lung immune mechanisms. He has been continuously funded by the NIH and other agencies for nearly 25 years. He is a fellow of both the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. Ohio State honored him with a Distinguished Scholar award in 2011.