Dr. Palmer is the founding director of the Allen School and currently leads disease control programs in East Africa and Latin America as well as directing the Robert R. Fast Laboratory at WSU. He heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology and holds an NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen emergence. Dr. Palmer is also a faculty member of the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha Tanzania.
His current research programs include:
- Intersection of animal and human health programs to improve nutrition, prevent zoonotic disease, and increase access to education.
- Impact of livestock diseases on household economic and food security.
- Rabies control in East Africa.
- Influenza epidemiology and community engagement in Central America.
Dr. Palmer serves on the Board on Global Health at the National Academies and is the incoming Chair of the Global Health, Infectious Diseases, and Microbiology Group in the Institute of Medicine. As a member of the Board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the Executive Roundtable of the Washington Global Health Alliance, and the Advisory Board for Global Health at the University of Washington, Dr. Palmer focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to improving public health and human opportunity.