VPR Distinguished Lecture 2021


Guy Palmer, Ph.D., Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, will present “Global health research at WSU: Inclusive from childhood nutrition to pandemic virus hunting”.


Monday, October 11, 2021 at 1pm


WSU’s senior director for global health will present a current portfolio of research activities that provide opportunity for faculty engagement across campuses, colleges, and disciplines.  He will highlight an implementation science approach directed at eliminating the most lethal human virus from the African continent.

Guy Palmer holds the Jan & Jack Creighton Endowed Chair at Washington State University (WSU) where he is Regents Professor of Pathology & Infectious Diseases. The founding director of WSU’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, he currently is the Senior Director of Global Health at WSU.


In addition to his primary appointment at WSU, he holds appointments at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (Tanzania), University of Nairobi in Kenya, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, University of Washington, and the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC.


Dr. Palmer was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006, is a Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a founding member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, where he served as President from 2012-13. He currently serves on the State of Washington Advisory Board for the US Global Leadership Coalition and chairs the National Academy of Medicine Committee on the National Strategy and Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.


Following his residency in pathology, Dr. Palmer earned a PhD in Infectious Diseases from WSU and completed a NIH fellowship in vaccine immunology. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bern (Switzerland) where he completed his fellowship in the Institute of Pathology, and from Kansas State University, where he chaired the Advisory Board for the Biosecurity Institute. He has been recognized with the Poppensiek Professorship at Cornell, the IBM Professorship at Colby College, the Schalm Lecturership at the University of California, the Distinguished Scientist Lectureship at NIH, the Science in Medicine Lectureship at the University of Washington, and the Merck Award for Creativity.