Jeffrey R. Ryan, Ph.D.

Jeff Ryan

Dr. Jeff Ryan is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with an extensive background in disaster response, preventive medicine, epidemiology, clinical trials, and diagnostics development.  Dr. Ryan also served in the private sector working for a biotech company, Cepheid, where he was a senior business developer and manager for their biothreat government business program.  Dr. Ryan has authored more than 45 scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles and was the lead instructor and co-developer of the Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness course, which was taught at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, AL.  In addition, Dr. Ryan has served as certified instructor and curriculum developer at the CDP for numerous FEMA and CDC courses. He authored the textbook Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Containing and Preventing the Biological Threat.  In addition, he co-authored and edited Pandemic Influenza: Emergency Planning and Community Preparedness (2008) and Hazard Mitigation in Emergency Management (2015).   Prior to this appointment, Dr. Ryan served as Professor and Head of the Department of Emergency Management at JSU.  Currently, he leads the University COVID-19 Task Force. Dr. Ryan has a Doctorate in Medical and Veterinary Entomology and a Master of Science in Biochemistry. Dr. Ryan is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s Legion of Merit and was awarded the US Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal for leading the Army’s preventive medicine efforts in Hurricane Andrew relief.