Team Members

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Project Management Team (PMT)

The project management team consists of three members including Dr. Ramjee Ghimire from CANR, Qing Xia from the Institute for Global Health, and Furqan Irfan from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University manages the project. Three Country Coordinators, one each from Laos PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam, work closely with and support the Project Management Team. Country Coordinators coordinate with country stakeholders and monitor the MOHIP activities. The International Advisory Board comprises senior faculty and leaders from MSU colleges and the Mekong region, one each from three countries. The board advises the PMT to implement the MOHIP successfully.

Flowchart with 4 boxes linking to eachother: "Project Management Team (PAT) (CANR,COM-IGH)" at the top, then "Country Coordinators", "Country One Health University Network: LAOHUN, TOHUN, VOHUN", and "International Advisory Board (IAB)" at the bottom.

Ramjee P. Ghimire, PhD

Dr. Ramjee Ghimire serves as the Specialist for Global Outreach and Network in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and an adjunct faculty in Institute of Global Health at Michigan State University. He earned his PhD from Michigan State University with a focus on international agricultural development and agricultural extension. He has been involved in multidisciplinary research, training and outreach focusing on food safety, animal health, community empowerment, and sustainable agricultural development in Asia, Africa, and the U.S. Dr. Ghimire serves as the program director for the MSU WorldTAP international short courses on “Food Safety” and “Zoonotic Diseases.” He brings over 20 years of experience in agricultural extension and advisory services, including but not limited to animal health and livestock production. Dr. Ghimire has been actively volunteering both within and outside MSU. He served as the General Secretary from 2020-2022 and is currently serving as the Vice President for the Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA) ( At NAPA, he served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Policy and Research Brief Editorial Committee and Chair for the Membership Drive Committee. He has authored and edited book chapters, journal articles, policy briefs, bulletins, and posters on animal health, livestock production, agricultural extension, and education. Dr. Ghimire has been serving as the reviewer for over half a dozen journals and he is widely published. He serves as the Program Director and Principal Investigator of the Mekong One Health Innovation Program (MOHIP).

Plant & Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824

Furqan B. Irfan, MD, PhD, MBA Candidate

Dr. Furqan B. Irfan is an Assistant Professor and Director of Research Development at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University. He has broad ranging experience in research and academic health system development, epidemiology, population and global health, big data analysis, translational public health, health services research, healthcare business and policy. His Research overlaps epidemiology, population and global health, machine learning, and chronic disease. He is the Course Director of Evidence Based Medicine for three hundred medical students each year. He serves in the Advisory Board Member of Health Practice, Silicon Valley Innovation Center, and Infineon Technologies AG in Germany.

909 Wilson Road, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48824

Qing Xia, PhD

Associate Director for Global Health Education and Research

Dr. Qing Xia serves as the Associate Director for Global Health Education and Research at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) and Assistant Professor (adjunct) of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She specializes in interdisciplinary team building in global health research and professional development.  Before joining IGH, Qing held leadership roles at the Office of China Programs and the Visiting International Professional Program at the International Studies and Programs. She managed various programs and projects in capacity building, international professional development, faculty development, and many international student training programs. Qing obtained B.A. and M.A. in China and M.A. and Ph.D.  at Michigan State University. Her research interests include adult learning, nursing students’ professional identity development, compassion and empathy in medical education, health education, mental health, One Health, community engagement, and higher education internationalization.

909 Wilson Road, B320, East Lansing, MI 48824

Michael Miller

Mr. Miller is the senior administrative assistant to the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH) & IGH coordinator of global health research programming at Michigan State University (MSU), where he has worked since 2013. From 1989-2012 he held various positions at MSU in directing and supporting programs within the Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs (ISP); the office he directed in this period directly brought in more than $25 million to conduct a diversity of international programs involving people from more than 50 countries on 5 continents, as well as brought in more than $1 million in endowments worth more than $2.5 million in 2012. From 1991-1995, he was also assistant to the dean, working with strategic planning, as well as researching and writing on various program plans and designs as well as policy positions in support of the ISP Dean’s Office initiatives.

Wilson Road, B320, East Lansing, MI 48824

Country Coordinators

Vannaphone Putthana, BSc, MSc, PhD

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Agriculture

National University of Laos (NUoL), Lao PDR

Ban Dongnasok Tai, Sykhottabong District, Vientiane Capital, PO Box 7322, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR



Nguyen Quoc Dinh, PhD

Research Institute of Disaster and Environments (RIDES)

CT3A Me Tri Thuong, Nam Tu Liem, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

And Economic Geology and Geomatics Department

Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR)

67, Chien-Thang-Str, Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi, Viet Nam




Saengduen Moonsom, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty of Tropical Medicine Mahidol University

Ratchawithi Road,

Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand



Theerakamol Pengsakul, PhD

Associate Professor

Health and Environmental Research Center

Faculty of Environmental Management

Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand


International Advisory Board

William Cunningham, D.O, M.H.A.

Associate Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine​

Director, Institute for Global Health

909 Wilson Rd Room B320, East Lansing, MI 48824


Srinand Sreevatsan, BVSc, MVSc, MPH, PhD

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies


Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation

College of Veterinary Medicine 784 Wilson Road, Room F130G
East Lansing, MI 48824


Karim M. Maredia, PhD

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU​

Director of CANR International Programs; Senior Global Scholar
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Address: Plant & Soil Science Building, 1066 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824


Jiaguo Qi, PhD


Geography Environment Spatial Sciences

Director of Asia Hub

Address: Manly Miles Bldg 1405 S Harrison Rd STE 218


Peilei Fan, PhD


Center for Global Change and Earth Observation, MSU​


Address: Human Ecology 552 W Circle Dr, Room 201M, East Lansing, MI 48823

Jianguo Liu, PhD


Director of Center for System Integration and Sustainability, MSU​

Fisheries and Wildlife

Address: Manly Miles Bldg, 1405 S Harrison Rd, STE 115, East Lansing, MI 48823


Amanda Flaim, PhD

Assistant Professor

James Madison College, MSU


Address: S Case Hall. 842 Chestnut Rd, Room S307, East Lansing, MI 48823

Yadu Pokharel, PhD

Associate Professor

College of Engineering

Address: Engineering Bldg 428, S Shaw Ln, East Lansing, MI 48823



Pham-Duc Phuc, MD, PhD
Deputy Director of the Center for Public Health & Ecosystem Research (CENPHER)
Hanoi University of Public Health

1A Duc Thang, Duc Thang Ward, North Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam



Coordinator of the Vietnam One Health University Network (VOHUN)


Director, Institute of Environmental Health and Sustainable Development (IEHSD)

Laos PDR

Mayfong Mayxay, MD, PhD

Vice-Rector, University of Health Sciences

Ministry of Health, Vientiane, Laos

President of the Lao Infectious Disease Society (LIDS)

Chairman, Lao One Health University Network (LAOHUN)

Vice-Chairman, National Ethics Committee for Health Research, Ministry of Health, Laos

Head of Field Research, Lao-Oxford-Mahosot Hospital



Pratap Singhgasivanon, PhD

Secretary General/ Coordinator of SEAMEO TROPMED Network

Consultant, Department of Tropical Hygiene

Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University