Modern science has the potential to end the threat of infectious diseases—but the challenge demands a strategic, efficient use of talent and resources, and a global commitment to get it done. It takes a team-approach to discovery and solution application.

IDI Vision, Mission, and Values

Guiding what we aspire to do….and the way we do it

Vision

A world free from the threat of infectious diseases

Mission

The Infectious Diseases Institute will generate solutions to the detrimental effects of microbes on the health of humans, animals, plants, and the environment for the benefit of society.

Values

The IDI embraces the university’s shared values in how we conduct business and interact with individuals, both internally and externally. These shared values are:

Excellence: The IDI will strive for excellence in all endeavors, both large and small. The IDI will constantly evaluate current conditions and will be flexible and agile in order to make continuous quality improvements.

Diversity in people and of ideas: The IDI will be an incubator for new ideas in all areas, including research, education, community outreach, and resource stewardship. Diversity in people, and their thoughts and ideas, will be a key component in all IDI activities.

Access and affordability: The IDI will seek new revenue streams while adopting all available best practices to keep costs as low as possible, thereby positively contributing to the university’s overall financial portfolio to play a part in the president’s 2020 Vision.

Innovation: The IDI will be a pillar of innovation, transforming the way we think about infectious disease and microbiology research, education and outreach. The IDI will be a driving force in innovation locally and globally.

Collaboration and interdisciplinary endeavor: The IDI will push the boundaries in unprecedented ways to strengthen and increase existing interdisciplinary efforts and to foster new internal and external collaborations in the infectious disease and microbiology space, including non-traditional partners in various disciplines.

Integrity, transparency, and trust: Integrity, transparency, and trust will be bedrock qualities of the culture of the IDI and will be embedded in all IDI ventures.

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IDI Executive team

MIKE OGLESBEE, DVM, PhD

Director

oglesbee.1@osu.edu | 614-292-4489

JOHN GUNN, PhD

Associate Director

gunn.43@osu.edu | 614-292-6036

MIKE IBBA, PhD

Associate Director

ibba.1@osu.edu  | 614-292-2120

TERRY NIBLACK, PhD

Associate Director

niblack.2@osu.edu

ROBYN KROEGER

Program Coordinator

kroeger.68@osu.edu | 614-292-3981  |  Robyn Kroeger coordinates IDI communications, membership relations, and IDI and program-specific initiatives and analytics in research, education and outreach.

KATHY RENICK, MS, CRA

Proposal Development Specialist

renick.9@osu.edu | 614-688-2843  |  Kathy Renick supports the identification, planning, and development of strategic, multidisciplinary proposals for extramural funding. She helps position the infectious disease research community to respond to funding opportunities, leads proposal preparation activities, and facilitates review teams in order to strengthen proposals.

RICK SHAFFER, MA

Business Manager

shaffer.25@osu.edu  | 614-633-7210  |  Rick Shaffer fiscal policies and manages the budget and fiscal operations of the IDI, including the interdisciplinary seed grant and targeted investment programs. He also manages HR functions of the IDI that support hiring and retention of faculty, staff and students.

KATIE MCAFEE, MA

Marketing and Communications Program Assistant

mcafee.83@osu.edu | 614-292-9714  |  Katie McAfee provides administrative support for IDI and program-specific initiatives, web-based communications, and event planning.

SETH A FAITH, PhD

Strategic Alliance Officer

faith.3@osu.edu | 614-688-1809  |  Seth Faith directs business development efforts with government, industry and foundation sponsors, interfacing closely with IDI faculty to leverage the intellectual capital represented individually and collectively into significant short and long term funded research and educational initiatives.

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