Dr. Michael Osterholm
Regent’s Professor in Public Health and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at University of Minnesota
Dr. Michael Osterholm is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm’s expertise is in infectious disease epidemiology, disease surveillance, and public health preparedness. Dr. Osterholm has served for 24 years in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, including as state epidemiologist and chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. More recently he was appointed to then President-elect Joe Biden’s 13-member Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. Dr. Osterholm is the author of the 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 also lays out a nine-point strategy on how to address them, with preventing a global flu pandemic at the top of the list.