Dr. David Hirschberg ’80 came home in the fall of 2014 to reinvest in the community that raised him.
Having earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in neuroimmunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, David returned to the states and completed postdoctoral training in—you guessed it—neuroimmunology at Stanford’s medical school. He went on to lead Stanford’s Human Immune Monitoring Center and then serve as an assistant professor of clinical pathology at Columbia before taking on a number of roles at the University of Washington–Tacoma. Now a principal investigator for UWT’s Center for Urban Waters and an affiliate professor and lecturer in the Sciences and Mathematics department, David also advises researchers at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, the Army’s primary research and development center for nonmedical chemical and biological defense that’s based in Aberdeen, Maryland.
In his free time, David and his UWT colleagues are spearheading a movement—in partnership with Madigan Army Medical Center, MultiCare Health System, and the City of Tacoma—to invest in innovation and entrepreneurship in the South Sound with the opening this spring of the Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network (RAIN), a biotech incubator of which David is the chief executive officer.
David’s return to Tacoma allowed the Hirschbergs to enroll daughter Maya at Charles Wright Academy, adding a second generation of Tarriers to their family. In the latest installment of CWA’s video series, David shares the impact of his Charles Wright education on his life and career and highlights the lifelong bonds he’s fostered with faculty members and classmates—and the similar hopes he has for his daughter, Maya, as well.