2020 Baccalaureate Features Senior Fellow Michael Mina '06

Michael Mina '06, will present "The Benefits of Existing in a Time of Great Uncertainty," the Keynote address at the 2020 Baccalaureate on Sunday, June 14, 10:30 AM EDT:

Baccalaureate, the multifaith, multicultural service, is held each year during Commencement weekend, and will be presented virtually this year. It is a time of celebration and worship when we pause, as a college, to reflect and express gratitude and joy for our graduates.

Michael is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and of Immunology & Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health and is a clinical pathologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School, where he oversees molecular virology diagnostics. He is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where he has helped to develop one of the nation's highest throughput testing facilities for COVID-19, which tests samples from across New England.

At Dartmouth, Michael earned his AB as a Senior Fellow studying mostly at Thayer School of Engineering and in biological sciences. In his junior year he moved to Sri Lanka with the support of Tucker to gain experience in a Sri Lankan medical clinical and also to experience living in a Buddhist country. His time there led to a newfound practice of meditation for him which eventually led to ordination as a Buddhist monk.

After Dartmouth, he completed his MD and Ph.D. degrees in the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program at Emory University and post-doctoral work at Princeton University and Harvard Medical School and residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School.

As a part of his research and through a not-for-profit that he ran for eight years, Michael has spent numerous years abroad in a range of capacities, all related to public health and research towards the same aims.

Recently, his research has taken a turn towards understanding the epidemiology and immunology relating to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and he has been a nationally recognized scientist in the media and advising state, national and international governments, agencies, and financial institutions throughout the epidemic.