Mike Osterholm

Michael Osterholm

Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)

University of Minnesota




If there is a God, Mike Osterholm would get to spend 2021 on sabbatical on a tropical island without bugs or viruses. Instead, he will spend it like he spent most of 2020, in the public eye, researching, writing books, and perhaps helping coordinate the nation’s response to Covid-19. Osterholm was one of the first epidemiologists to recognize Covid’s potential to rock the globe, and his thoughtful contrarianism on common wisdom will keep him on the Sunday-morning shows and op-ed pages as long as the pandemic rages. President-Elect Joe Biden recognized Osterholm’s unique lifelong contribution, naming him to his Covid-19 task force.