Guy Palmer

Guy Palmer

Regents ProfessorCreighton Endowed Chair 509-432-3385    

Guy Palmer holds the Creighton Endowed Chair in Global Health and is Regents Professor of Pathology & Infectious Diseases. The founding Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health, he is currently WSU’s Senior Director of Global Health and serves as Chair of WSU Global Health-Kenya and President of Global Animal Health-Tanzania. He is the Director of Rabies Free Africa, which is committed to ending human deaths due to rabies.

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 holds appointments at the University of Nairobi, the University of Washington, the Nelson Mandela Institute, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Affiliate and Adjunct Appointments

  • Adjunct, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology


  • NIH Post-doctoral Fellow in Vaccine Immunology, 1985
  • PhD, Infectious Diseases, Washington State University, 1984
  • DVM, Kansas State University, 1980
  • BS in Biology, Kansas State University, 1977


  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Diplomat ACVP

Research Interest

  • Global & public health
  • Emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance


Professional Service

  • Service to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Chair, Long-term Health and Economic Effects of Antimicrobial Resistance in the United States (2020-2021); Member, Council of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (2019-present); Vice-Chair (2012-13) and Chair (2014-2015), National Academy of Medicine Membership Committee-10; Member, Board on Global Health (2012-2018); Chair, Section on Microbiology and Global Health (2014-2016); Chair, Assessment of the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Management Program (2011-2013); Member, Committee on Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Diseases (2010).
  • Service to the Washington State Academy of Science: Founding Member (2006); Board of Directors (2006-2014); President (2012-2013); Chair, Study on Impact of I-522 (2013); Member, COVID-19 Steering Committee (2020-2021).
  • Current External Advisory Positions: Executive Roundtable, Washington Global Health Alliance (2012-present); External Advisory Board for the University of Washington Department of Global Health (2008-present); External Advisory Board for the NIH IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (2008-present); External Advisory Board, Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University (2011-present); International Scientific Advisory Board for the Southern Africa Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (2013-present); International Scientific Advisory Board for the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (2013-present); Advisory Board for the US Global Leadership Coalition (2016-present); Advisory Board for USAID Feed the Future Program-Kenya (2020-present).
  • Extramural Program Review: NIH Board of Scientific Councilors (ad hoc 2018); External Advisory Review Board for CDC Bacterial Pathogens Branch (2009); NIH Host Interaction with Bacterial Pathogens Study Section (Chair, 2007-2009; Permanent Member, 2004-2009); NIH Targeted Prevention for Tick-borne Diseases (Chair, 2020); NIH College of Scientific Review (2010-2012); External Advisory Board of the NIH-NIAID Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (2007-2012); NIH IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (2008-present; Chair 2010-2016); NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (2009-2019; Chair 2013-2019); NIH-NIAID Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Review Committee (2009); NIH Clinical and Pediatric Fellowships (2005, 2006); NIH Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (Member 1999; Chair 2202-2003); NIH-NIAID Centers of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases (2003); USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, Mechanisms of Animal Disease (Member 1991-1993; Chair, 1992-93); Member, Research Advisory Committee for the Grayson Foundation (1998-2000).

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Lifetime Service, Washington State University, 2021
  • Honorary Diplomate, American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, 2020
  • American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Excellence in Research Award, 2019
  • Honorary Doctorate (Ph.D.), Kansas State University, 2016
  • IBM Visiting Professorship at Colby College, 2014
  • Eminent Faculty Award, Washington State University, 2013
  • George C. Poppensiek Professorship at Cornell University, 2012
  • Alumni Fellow, Kansas State University, 2011
  • Doctoris honoris causa, Universität Bern, 2011
  • Class of 1964 Endowed Lectureship at Oklahoma State University, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Kansas State University, 2009
  • Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • NIH Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, 2008
  • Sahlin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, 2008
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Science in Medicine, University of Washington, 2007
  • Schalm Distinguished Lecturer at the University of California, 2007
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine, 2006
  • Merck Award for Creativity, 1995