Epidemiologist Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Christine Kreuder Johnson, Professor at the University of California, Davis, One Health Institute in the School of Veterinary Medicine, is among the 100 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine, announced today.

Christine Kreuder Johnson

Johnson is an expert in epidemiology and ecosystem health. She heads the EpiCenter for Disease Dynamics at UC Davis and was the lead on the USAID PREDICT project, which strengthened the global capacity to detect emerging viruses and pandemic threats.

She heads the EpiCenter for Emerging Infectious Disease Intelligence, one of the NIAID research centers for emerging infectious diseases.

At UC Davis, she teaches One Health and Ecosystem Health, and sponsors an apprenticeship program in applied research in wildlife epidemiology and disease ecology.

During these and other activities ranging from coastal pathogen pollution to lead toxicity in condors, Johnson’s research is dedicated to characterizing the effects of environmental changes on human and animal health, preparing for new threats, and the public policy at the interface between emerging diseases and the environment to guide health.

Johnson studied zoology and political science at Duke University before earning her PhD in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters in Preventive Medicine and Ph.D. Degree from UC Davis. She joined the Department of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis School in 2006 in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology and as part of the leadership team at One Health Institute.

Johnson joins a select group of UC Davis Award winners at the National Academy of Medicine. They are listed on the Academic Affairs website.

Also elected alumnus Charles Rice

Charles M. Rice ’74, 2020 Nobel Laureate, is also a newly elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He currently directs the Virology and Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Rockefeller University. Rice helped identify the hepatitis C virus proteins required for virus replication, and so did he developed culture systems that enabled the discovery of direct-acting antiviral drugs that can cure infected patients who would otherwise risk premature death from liver failure and cancer.

The National Academy of Medicine is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The National Academies operate outside of government to provide objective advice on science, technology, and health issues. The academy is the oldest scientific academy in the United States and its membership is considered one of the highest national awards for scientists.