Kistler received her Ph.D. in Christine Guthrie’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco, where she focused on pre-mRNA splicing in yeast. She then pursued an M.P.H. in epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley, to explore her broader interests in infectious disease and global health. As an Investigator in Virology at Novartis, Kistler led a viral pathogen discovery group and an Ebola virus antiviral drug development effort. At CZ Biohub, she is developing reagents and pipelines to enable rapid comparative analyses across viral families and orders to elucidate their basic biology, replication mechanisms, and potential drug targets. In parallel, Kistler will participate in pathogen detection and rapid response efforts.