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Oladele Ogunseitan
University of California, Irvine

Oladele (Dele) Ogunseitan is professor of Public Health and founding Chair of the department of Population Health and Disease Prevention at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also professor of Social Ecology. After undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Ife, Nigeria, he earned his doctorate in microbiology at the University of Tennessee, and his Master of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned a certificate in International Health. He is alumni faculty fellow of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. At UC Irvine, he directed workforce development for the NIH-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science; and the evaluation component of the CDC-funded Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health. He serves on the Board of Directors of the University of California Global Health Institute, and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health. He is a member of the Hoover Medal Board of Award, and Vice Chair of the Materials and Society committee of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He researches the nexus of industrial development, environmental quality and human health. He is the author of Microbial Diversity (Blackwell-Wiley, 2005) and editor of Green Health (Sage, 2011). He was the founding editor of African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. His articles have appeared in Science, The Lancet Global Health, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Management, and Environmental Science & Technology.

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Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Office of International Health and Biodefense

Oladele (Dele) Ogunseitan is a Jefferson Science Fellow in OES/IHB, where he shares his expertise and support to the U.S. Department of State’s international action plans to reduce risks posed by the proliferation of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens. The "Antimicrobial Lifecycle Mapping" project aims to develop tools enabling low-infrastructure community strategies to map antimicrobial sources, sinks, and consequences. Such maps are crucial for raising awareness of the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance, and developing consensus to mitigate the global threat and to reduce the burden of illness and death due to resistant pathogens. Through this work and related projects, Dele will also interact with IHB teams charged with implementing the President’s Global Health Security Agenda and the institutionalization of Pandemic Response strategies within the Department of State.