Director, creighton chair & Regents professor
Guy Palmer, DVM, PhD, Dr.med.vet (honoris causa) holds the Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair in Global Health at Washington State University where he is Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and is Professor of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. Dr. Palmer serves as the founding Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, a multi-disciplinary institute with the mission of addressing global disease challenges through research, education, global outreach, and application of disease control at the animal-human interface.
Dr. Palmer currently leads disease control programs in east Africa and Latin America as well as directing laboratory research at Washington State. He heads the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Program in Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology and holds a NIH MERIT award for research on pathogen emergence. Dr. Palmer presently serves as President of the American Society for Rickettsiology and President-elect of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, on the Executive Committee of the Washington Global Health Alliance, and on the advisory boards of the NIH Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, the Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute. He also serves as an adviser to the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Training Program on Molecular Epidemiology of Food-borne Pathogens in Eastern Africa, and is a member of the NIH College of Scientific Review.
For his research at the interface of animal disease and human public health, Dr. Palmer was elected to membership in National Academy of Sciences in 2006 where he is a current member of the Board on Global Health within the Institute of Medicine. A Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Palmer has been honored with numerous awards including the Merck Award for Creativity and the Sahlin Award for Research. Dr. Palmer is a summa cum laude graduate in biology from Kansas State University where he also received his DVM; in 2009 he was recognized with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2011 was designated an Alumni Fellow. A board certified pathologist, Dr. Palmer received his PhD in Infectious Diseases from Washington State University and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) for his work in global health from the University of Bern (Switzerland).