Michael T. Osterholm

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota

Michael T. Osterholm is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; the 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 2001 through early 2005, Osterholm served as a special advisor to Tommy G. Thompson, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to bioterrorism and public health. On April 1, 2002, he was appointed by Thompson to be his representative on the interim management team to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also serves on the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity and the World Economic Forum Working Group on Pandemics.

Previously, Osterholm served for 24 years (1975-1999) in various roles at the Minnesota Department of Health, the last 15 as state epidemiologist and chief of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section. He was also principal investigator and director of the Minnesota Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance from 2007 to 2014.

Osterholm has written over 21 book chapters and 315 papers, which have appeared in NatureForeign Affairs, and The New England Journal of Medicine, among other publications. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals, including Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Microbial Drug Resistance: Mechanisms, Epidemiology and Disease, and he is a reviewer for 24 additional journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and Science.  

Last Updated: August 10, 2017