Dr. Michael Oglesbee, professor of veterinary biosciences and interim director of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), has been named permanent director of the IDI. As director, Dr. Oglesbee will create a streamlined, transparent and integrated structure for infectious diseases research at Ohio State, and help transform the university into a world leader in infectious disease research and education.
Dr. Oglesbee will provide the leadership and direction for expansion of the IDI and bring together the diverse disciplines, centers and programs that will contribute to the control of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He will facilitate the interactions among scientists in the clinical and basic sciences and build a cohesive, robust infrastructure to support existing research strengths across campus. He will foster internal and external partnerships to enhance the research, education and outreach programs at Ohio State.
Dr. Oglesbee is well qualified for this role. He has served as interim director of the IDI since March and as the faculty lead of the Infectious Diseases Discovery Theme initiative for the last three years – a group of more than 180 renowned faculty and research team members representing 22 disciplines spanning human, animal and plant health. In addition, Dr. Oglesbee has run a successful research program focused on virus-host interactions for the past 25 years, and he is recognized as a fellow by the AAAS for distinguished contributions to our understanding of virus-heat shock protein interactions related to infection, virulence and impact on antiviral immunity. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and PhD in virology from Ohio State.