is a former guest worker at the CDC, where he assisted in the pathology activity during the 1999 Nipah virus outbreak. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ( NIAID), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Agency for Inter national Development (USAID), Google.org, Rockefeller, and other foundations. To date, his organization is one of the few to have been awarded three prestigious NIH/NSF “Ecology of Infectious Disease” awards and is one of four partners to share a recent $75 million dollar award from USAID (“PREDICT”) with the goal of predicting and preventing the next emerging zoonotic disease.
Michael P. Doyle, Ph.D., is a Regents Professor and Director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, Griffin. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin in bacteriology/food microbiology. From 1977 to 1980 he was senior project leader of corporate microbiology at Ralston Purina Company, and from 1980 to 1991 he advanced from assistant professor to Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Food Microbiology, Food Research Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He serves on food safety committees of many organizations and has served as a scientific advisor to many groups, including the World Health Organization, the IOM, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)-NRC, the International Life Sciences Institute-North America, the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has published more than 500 scientific papers on food microbiology and food safety topics and has received several awards for his research accomplishments, including the Nicholas Appert Award of the Institute of Food Technologists. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the International Association for Food Protection, and is a member of the IOM, for which he chairs the Food Forum.
Rainer Engelhardt, Ph.D., is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Engelhardt has extensive senior executive management experience, as Chief Executive Officer of companies in the health sector, and in federal government positions. His corporate responsibilities have included serving as director and chairman of numerous boards of institutes and of private companies. Dr. Engelhardt’s broad experience includes development of federal legislation and environmental regulation, as well as management of large-scale national and international multisector science and technology research programs in Canada and the United States. Dr. Engelhardt has an extensive academic and applied research and publications record. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical physiology from the University of Guelph and began his career in academia, as a professor at Southeastern Massachusetts University and at the University of Ottawa.