Melinda Pettigrew
Office Address:
Mayo Building, A302

Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Melinda Pettigrew, PhD

Dean, School of Public Health


Mayo Chair in Public Health, Divison of Environmental Health Sciences


PhD, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale University
BA, Biology, Grinnell College


My research focuses on the epidemiology of respiratory tract infections, the microbiome, and the One Health threat of antibiotic resistance. The bacterial pathogens that I study asymptomatically colonize mucosal surfaces and are important causes of hospital and community-acquired bacterial infections. 

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota (UMN), I was the deputy dean and Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health.

I became the eighth dean of the UMN School of Public Health on December 29, 2023.


Antimicrobial Resistance, Microbiome, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease

Awards and Recognition

  • Elected Member, Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), 2023
  • Yale School of Public Health Distinguished Teaching Award, 2018
  • Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate Inspiring Yale Award, 2018
  • Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, 2018
  • Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellow, 2014-2015 
  • New Professional Award Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health, 2009 
  • Governing Council, Epidemiology Section, American Public Health Association, 2004 
  • Scholar in Residence, Haverford College, 1998
  • Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellowship, Yale University, 1993

Professional Associations

  • Antibiotic Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG) 
  • Editorial Board, mBio

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