Ramanan Laxminarayan is founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and a senior research scholar at Princeton University.

He is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington and a visiting professor at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland as well as the University of Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. He also chairs the boards of GARDP and HealthCubed.

Since 1995, Ramanan has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem in the management of a shared global resource. His work encompasses extensive peer-reviewed research, public outreach, and direct engagement across Asia and Africa. Through his prolific research, active public outreach (including a widely viewed TED talk) and sustained policy engagement, he has played a central role in bringing the issue of drug resistance to the attention of leaders and policymakers worldwide as well as to the United Nations General Assembly.

Ramanan has served on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s antimicrobial resistance working group and is currently a voting member of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in the field of Economics.