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Dr. Phillip Palmer

Dr. Phillip D. Palmer

The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences welcomes Dr. Phillip Palmer as the School's first Assistant Dean.

Dr. Palmer brings a wealth of academic, leadership, and professional experience in biological science and community health research, teaching, marketing, science education and outreach, academic career development, and diversity-related initiatives.

Most recently, he served as an Education and Outreach Coordinator with the University of Pittsburgh's Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence under the leadership of Dr. Donald S. Burke, Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Palmer was responsible for the overall program management of a $1.25 million MIDAS grant funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Designed specifically for education, training, and outreach, the MIDAS grant focused on interdisciplinary scientific approaches using computational modeling and simulation as a tool to fight global infectious disease spread.

Dr. Palmer's work included the creation of a marketing platform specific to programs tailored for K-12, undergraduate and graduate populations, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and the global scientific community. As the MIDAS Education and Outreach Coordinator, he was successful in building alliances and collaborations with interdisciplinary faculty members and staff throughout the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University communities, as well as across the national MIDAS community.

Dr. Palmer is responsible for developing successful recruitment strategies for some of the hallmark programs associated with the Education and Outreach Core. He was successful in the creation and management of a national summer undergraduate research program, as well as a national pilot research grant program at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has also assisted in the overall national recruitment and retention efforts established by the Graduate School of Public Health, Office of Academic Career Development, and the Office of Health Science Diversity at the University of Pittsburgh via outreach and attendance at various conferences.

Moreover, Dr. Palmer provided interdisciplinary academic career development opportunities for various populations across the University of Pittsburgh campus, including diversity awareness, mentoring for career success, leadership development, and the responsible conduct of research to name a few. He has mentored and counseled students from various disciplines across the Pitt campus, including MIDAS summer research fellows, as well as undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate, and postdoctoral fellows. He was also instrumental in creating and planning several conferences, workshops, and seminars associated with the MIDAS National Center of Excellence, including a partnership with Duquesne University in hosting the Undergraduate Research Ethics Forum.

Outside of professional interests, Dr. Palmer enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, exercising, and watching sports, especially his Auburn Tigers.


Certificate in Organizational Leadership & Ethics
University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh, PA

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science
Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Master of Science in Nutrition-Food Science
Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Bachelor of Science in Zoology
Auburn University, Auburn, AL