Dr. Gail Hansen serves as a senior officer for Pew's antibiotic resistance project, for which she works to phase out overuse of antibiotics in food production.
Before joining Pew, Dr. Hansen served as the state epidemiologist and state public health veterinarian for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment where most of her work centered on infectious diseases and public health policy. While there, she led a team of epidemiologists that investigated outbreaks and sporadic cases of infectious disease, evaluated public health prevention measures, and developed disease tracking systems for the state.
She has served on or chaired numerous state and federal infectious disease committees, as a scientific advisor for several national and international conferences, and is an adjunct faculty member at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She has authored several peer-reviewed publications on various infectious diseases and public health topics and has provided practical training in applied epidemiology to public health scholars.
Dr. Hansen had a highly successful 12-year career in private veterinary clinical practice before shifting to public health at local and state public health departments. While working at the Seattle and King County Department of Public Health, she was a project coordinator for blood borne pathogen studies, which included evaluating the needle exchange program for injection drug users.
Prior to joining Pew, she was a Congressional Science Policy Fellow and a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Dr. Hansen received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota and her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Washington.