The following Oregon State University faculty and staff have expertise related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and are willing to speak with journalists. Their specific expertise, and contact information, is listed below. For help with other OSU faculty experts, contact Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected].

OSU Response

Rob Odom, 541-737-4875, [email protected]

Odom is the vice president of university relations and marketing. He has been working closely with university and public health leaders to develop OSU’s plans for university health and safety regarding the potential spread of the virus. He can speak to:

  • University health services available for students, faculty and staff
  • University informational resources for students or community members seeking more information
  • University preparedness and disease management plans
  • Concerns facing international students

Public Health

Chunhuei Chi, 541-737-3836, [email protected]

Chunhuei ("Choon-hweh") Chi is a professor in the Global Health Program, and the Health Management and Policy Program within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. He studies comparative health systems and universal health care around the world, global health development and policy, and health system finance and assessment. His areas of expertise include:

  • The history of how COVID-19 emerged
  • The epidemiology of how this COVID-19 pandemic evolved since December 2019
  • Different national responses to this pandemic, especially that of Taiwan, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, U.S. and Italy 
  • National and state strategies/policies addressing this pandemic
  • Prevention and protection steps people can practice to limit the spread of the virus
  • The post-pandemic world
  • The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on society and the economy


Joseph K. Agor, 541-737-1202, [email protected]

Joseph Agor is an assistant professor of industrial engineering in the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. He specializes in data-driven optimization with emphasis on analyzing health care data to model the complexities of health systems. More specifically, he is interested in using linear, integer, and multilevel optimization techniques to develop data-driven decision support tools for decision-makers in health care at both a system and patient level. He can speak to:

  • Techniques for analyzing data to quantify uncertainties for vaccination distribution efforts
  • Optimization modeling approaches for logistical operations and routing problems

Gaurav Sahay, 402-216-9713, [email protected]

Sahay is an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy working on nanotechnology-based platforms for gene therapy, including the platform behind the coronavirus vaccine under Emergency Authorization from Moderna Inc and Pfizer-Biontech. He is a principal investigator on awards funded through the National Institutes of Health and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His areas of expertise include:

  • The coronavirus mRNA vaccine that has been approved under an emergency authorization
  • Vaccine development
  • Gene therapy for treating rare disorders
  • Delivery of genes for therapy, especially using lipid-based nanoparticles 

Medical Ethics

Courtney Campbell, [email protected]

Courtney Campbell, Ph.D. is the Hundere Professor in Religion and Culture and the director for the OSU Program in Medical Humanities. His research focuses on professional duties to treat and perform risk evaluations, crisis care standards (such as lack of ventilators in the ICU), COVID-19 and social justice for racial or ethnic minorities, and vaccine research ethics. His areas of specialization include medical ethics, death and dying, non-violence and just war, and religious liberty and civil rights. He can speak to:

Ethics of vaccine hesitancy, including distrust among minority communities, and vaccine mandates

Ethics of allocation of scarce health care resources

Ethics of access and equity in medical care

Marion Ceraso[email protected]

Marion Ceraso, MHS, MA is an associate professor of practice in the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and with Extension Family and Community Health at Oregon State University. Her research, teaching and program interests focus on the impact of public policies on health and health equity, as well as the use of journalistic tools in the investigation and communication of public health issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has helped lead the OSU Extension service COVID-19 vaccine communication efforts, including tracking emerging issues related to vaccine confidence and uptake in communities across Oregon. She can speak to: 

  • Public health communication strategies to encourage vaccination
  • Challenges in communicating vaccine efficacy to rural communities in Oregon

Mental Health/Wellness

Regan A.R. Gurung, 541-737-1371, [email protected]

Regan (pronounced ree-gan) Gurung is a professor of psychological science and associate vice provost and executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State.

He has spent many years researching social support and conflict in relationships, and can speak to:

  • Stress, coping and close relationships in times of crisis

He also has expertise in effective teaching practices and systematic changes to pedagogy. He addressed the shift to remote teaching at many universities in a recent blog post:

He can speak to: 

  • Challenges and opportunities for remote teaching
  • Tips for educators shifting to online instruction
  • Engaging students in new ways online

Ryan Reese, 541-322-2021, [email protected]

Reese is an assistant professor in the Master of Counseling program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. His research focuses on how connections with nature can increase emotional wellness, a study area referred to as ecowellness. His areas of expertise include:

  • Integrating the natural world into counseling practices
  • How time outdoors can reduce anxiety and improve emotional health 


Heather Broughton, 541-322-3133, [email protected]

Broughton is an anatomy and physiology instructor in the biology program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. She has a doctorate in veterinary medicine (DVM) and a Ph.D. in integrative biology - infectious disease ecology. As a veterinarian, she has worked directly with coronaviruses in other species. As a disease ecologist, she researches zoonotic diseases (diseases that move between humans and animals), the concept of "One Health" (connectedness of human, animal, and environmental health), coinfections, and ecoimmunology (how host and population level factors impact a host’s immune system and ability to fight infections). Her areas of expertise include:

  • Coronavirus behavior and transmission in model veterinary species
  • Ecosystem, individual, and population level factors that influence disease spread, host health, and disease outcome
  • Within-host interactions between different infectious pathogens that occur simultaneously
  • Interactions between viruses, bacteria, and parasites with the host’s immune system

Juyun Lim, 541-737-6507, [email protected]

Lim is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology. She studies sensory mechanisms underlying human taste and smell. She can speak to:

  • The potential relationship between COVID-19 infection and loss of taste and smell.

Christiane Löhr541-737-9673, [email protected]

Löhr is a veterinary pathologist and professor of anatomic pathology in the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine. She studies animal diseases and their causes, and how they develop and spread. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Mechanisms of animal diseases (veterinary pathology)
  • Infectious diseases including disease caused by coronaviruses and influenza viruses
  • Disease transmission among species

Alexander Michels, 541-737-8730, [email protected]

Michels is a research associate and communications officer for the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU. His areas of expertise include:

  • How vitamin C functions in the body
  • The differences between IV vitamin C and taking vitamin C supplements
  • Reliability of various claims that vitamin C can "cure" coronavirus
  • General information about vitamins, minerals and the immune system

Health Inequities

Kathleen Bogart, [email protected]

Bogart is an associate professor of psychology and the director of the Disability and Social Interaction Lab. Her research focuses on stigma and quality of life with disability. She is currently studying health care access, health care discrimination, and mental health among people with disability and rare disorders. She has been working with the American Psychological Association to develop guidance for supporting people with disabilities during COVID-19. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Healthcare access and discrimniation among people with disabilities and rare disorders during COVID-19
  • Impact of COVID-19 on mental health issues like anxiety, depression, trauma, social support, and isolation among people with disabilities and rare disorders

Kenny Maes, 541-737-7870, [email protected] 

Maes is an associate professor and director of the Applied Anthropology Graduate Program at OSU. He is a medical and biocultural anthropologist who studies health systems from cross-cultural perspectives, and the roles of socioeconomic inequalities in driving health inequalities. His areas of expertise include:

  • How stigma, racism and other forms of discrimination exacerbate epidemics and suffering
  • The roles of community health workers in responding to epidemic and endemic health problems
  • How to respond to stigmatizing speech and behavior 


Bill Smart, 541-737-0670, [email protected]

Smart’s work centers around how robots and people interact in health care and other settings and how we can get robots to do useful work for long periods of time. He can answer questions about:

  • Robots in the fight against infectious diseases like COVID-19 and ebola
  • Robots in the home and other assistive robots
  • Privacy issues related to robotics and AI


Aimee Huff, 541-737-3688, [email protected]

Huff is an assistant professor of marketing in the College of Business. Her research explores consumer culture in contexts that are socially contentious, including gun culture and consumer relationships with guns. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Political and public health messaging during the pandemic, including clarity and interpretation issues. For example, communication challenges around face-coverings – how regulations, social norms and individual choices have intersected
  • Consumer interest in guns and ammunition during the COVID-19 pandemic

Todd Montgomery, 541-322-2086, [email protected]

Montgomery is the executive-in-residence, an instructor, and the lead of the Hospitality Management program at OSU-Cascades in Bend. He has 23 years of experience in the travel industry in sectors including airline, cruise, rental car, restaurants and gaming. His areas of expertise include:

  • Guiding companies through external economic shocks including SARS, the Asian financial crisis, terrorism and catastrophic weather events

Dina Ribbink, 541-706-2180, [email protected]

Ribbink is an assistant professor of business administration at OSU-Cascades who teaches and conducts research on supply chain management. She can address supply chain issues and business impacts related to coronavirus, including:

  • Potential impacts of coronavirus on global manufacturing and distribution of supplies
  • Challenges of disaster response planning for supply chain disruption in a global crisis
  • Potential government interventions to ward off economic downturn or ensure needed supplies are available
  • Company responses to supply shortages, including reducing demand for products or shifting manufacturing to new locations

Food and Agriculture

Lauren Gwin, 541-737-1569, [email protected]

Gwin is an associate professor, OSU Extension community food systems specialist, and associate director of the Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She co-founded and directs the national Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Farm and food system policy
  • Local and regional food supply chains
  • Community food system development

James Sterns, 541-737-1406, [email protected]

Sterns is an associate professor of applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences. His research focuses on agribusiness economics and management, agricultural marketing and institutional economics. His areas of expertise include:

  • Agricultural and food supply chains

Nadia A. Streletskaya, 541-737-9285, [email protected]

Streletskaya is an assistant professor of applied economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences, director of the Applied Experimental Economics Lab and a fellow at the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research (CBEAR) at University of Delaware and Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on consumer demand for, and behavior around, food and food choice. Her areas of expertise include:

  • Consumer food choices in a changing retail environment, including social distancing cues and new sanitation measures.
  • Behavioral changes in response to changing information about COVID-19 risks and concerns related to food safety and food availability.
  • Comparative effectiveness of social pressure, nudge-type and information-based interventions at achieving behavioral change in consumers, such as increased social distance, mask wearing and sanitizer use.