Amy Kircher, DrPH

Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

Amy Kircher

Contact Info

akircher@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-2458

Office Address:
National Center for Food Protection and Defense
120 LES
1954 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute

Assistant Professor


DrPH, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

MPH, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

BA, Concordia College (Biology and Health)

Summary

Dr. Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She leads a talented staff and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions through data fusion and analysis.

Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kircher held epidemiologist positions at NORAD – US Northern Command and with the United States Air Force where she worked on health informatics, biosurveillance, and data analytics. She has an extensive background in Homeland Security and Defense, supporting preparedness and response for real-world and exercise events to include Hurricane Katrina and H1N1. Dr. Kircher completed her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Awards & Recognition

  • DOD Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal, 2009
  • DOD Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, 2009
  • NORAD – US Northern Command, Civilian of the Year, 2008
  • NORAD – US Northern Command, Civilian of the Quarter, 2008
  • DOD Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award, 2006
  • Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, 2005
  • Air Force Outstanding Contribution Award, 2000 

Research

Publications