D. Mitchell Magee attended the University of Texas Medical Branch and obtained a B.S. in Medical Technology. After several years' experience in clinical and research laboratories, he matriculated to Texas A&M University and obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology. His post-doctoral fellowship was performed at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been working extensively in interdisciplinary teams for high-throughput sample handling and analysis efforts. He has more than 20 years' experience in studying Coccidioides immunobiology including growth and extraction of fungal extracts, recombinant cloning of immunodominant antigens and evaluating the protective immune response in animal models of coccidioidomycosis. Additional experience with high throughput functional studies occurred in several projects of vaccine candidate discovery in models of coccidioidomycosis, smallpox, and glanders. These studies combined efforts of bioinformatics, molecular biologists and biologists to identify immunodominant proteins functionally through their protective effects against microbial challenge. Most recently, he has utilized protein microarrays to probe the immune response of patients or animal models of disease to identify immunodominant proteins in patients or animals during disease progression.