Michael Osterholm is also a member of the Luther College Board of Regents (Photo courtesy of Luther College)
Michael Osterholm is considered by some to be the country's leading expert on biosecurity and infectious diseases. Osterholm is a 1975 Luther College graduate who has spent much of his career as the State Epidemiologist in Minnesota and as a University of Minnesota professor.
In 2005 he wrote, "This is a critical point in our history. Time is running out to prepare for the next pandemic. We must act now with decisiveness and purpose." His 2017 book, "Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs," reiterated that point.