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Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., MPH

Director Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

Michael Osterholm is a regents professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); distinguished teaching professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health; a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering; and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. From June 2018 through May 2019, he served as a science envoy for health security on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

He is the author of a 2017 book, Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs, in which he not only details the most pressing infectious disease threats of our day but lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.