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OPCIE Leadership

Amy Brown, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer, Oklahoma Pandemic Center of Innovation and Excellence

Dr. Amy Brown has an extensive background in research and testing. As Director of Research Programs at Oklahoma State University, she manages donor-based scholar programs and the Tier 1 Research Initiatives.

Prior to her current position at OSU, Brown worked for the OSU Research Foundation focusing on sponsored program management and technology development and commercialization. Most recently, she played a leading role in the creation of the OSU Diagnostics Laboratory, the state’s leading diagnostic testing laboratory for COVID-19 testing.

Dr. Brown earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from Oklahoma State University and her bachelor’s degree in animal science from Kansas State University.

Michael Kayser, D.O.

Director, Oklahoma Pandemic Center of Innovation and Excellence and Public Health Lab

Dr. Kayser currently serves as the Director for OPCIE and PHL, combining his passion for public health with pathogen and genetics research. He has extensive experience in the biotechnology industry focusing on biomarkers, DNA sequencing, clinical research, translational medicine, and oncology.

Board-certified in clinical genetics and clinical biochemical genetics, Dr. Kayser completed a clinical genetics residency and a clinical biochemical genetics fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. He served as a clinical geneticist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and was the medical director for Center for Genetics at Saint Francis Health System. Dr. Kayser is also an entrepreneur having founded a number of successful healthcare companies.

Dr. Kayser earned his osteopathic medicine degree from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and his undergraduate degree in biology from Northeastern State University.

Travis Kirkpatrick

Deputy Commissioner of Health Innovation, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Travis Kirkpatrick is a Public Administration professional with more than 15 years of service to the State of Oklahoma. Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner at OSDH, he served as the Director of the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. He brings a multitude of experience in government gained via his multitude of roles in several state agencies.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Oklahoma and his master’s in public administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Last Modified on Apr 30, 2021
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