Michael T. Osterholm

Ph.D., MPH
Director Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
University of Minnesota
Department Office of the Vice President for Research
Michael Osterholm, Ph.D, MPH, founded and leads the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which is part of the University of Minnesota’s Department Office of the Vice President for Research. Under his aegis, CIDRAP, which was founded in 2001, consults  withcorporations and other organizations and governments, providing information and research and teaching preparedness for outbreaks and related crises. (RGA  is an executive member of the CIDRAP Leadership Forum.) 

Dr. Osterholm is also Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health at the University of Minnesota, a professor in the University’s School of Public Health, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor at its Medical School. He has been an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was most recently a science envoy for health security for the U.S. Department of State. He consults frequently with the World Health Organization and with U.S. governmental organizations on issues related to epidemiology and bioterrorism. He has authored more than 315 papers and abstracts, is a frequent lecturer on topics related to epidemiology of infectious disease, and has received several honors, awards, and major research grants.