Douglas Call

  1. Senior Vice Provost


Dr. Call is a Regents’ Professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health (2012-present). Upon starting at WSU (2000), he initiated an antimicrobial-resistance research program at the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and became a Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014 in recognition for his contributions to food and water safety, particularly through molecular epidemiology of antibiotic resistant bacteria in agricultural systems. He has trained over 20 graduate students and published over 240 peer-reviewed papers with past and ongoing antimicrobial-resistance research within communities and hospitals in Tanzania, Kenya, and Guatemala with support from the CDC, NIH, NSF, and Wellcome Trust. In 2021 he received the Washington State University Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award in recognition of his scholarship and professional service. He served as the chair of the WSU Faculty Senate in 2021-22, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Call engages with undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and visiting scholars across a wide range of topics from bench science to field work.

Affiliate or Adjunct Appointments

  • Adjunct, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology


  • Postdoctoral training, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1999
  • Postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, 1997-1999
  • PhD, Washington State University, 1997
  • MS, Humboldt State University, 1992
  • BS, Washington State University, 1987

Research Interest

  • Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance
  • Fate and impact of excreted antibiotic residues in agriculture
  • Mechanisms of action for bacteriocins and antimicrobial peptides
  • Evolution of antimicrobial resistance
  • Application of electrochemical systems to clinical care and diagnostics*


Professional Service

  • Board of Directors, Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2021-present
  • WSU Faculty Senate chair-elect, chair and past chair, 2020-2023
  • Editorial Board, Applied & Environmental Sciences, 2008-2022
  • Associate Director, Allen School, 2013-2020
  • Director, Immunology & Infectious Disease graduate program, 2017-19

Honors and Awards

  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award, 2021
  • Elected member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship & Arts, 2017
  • WSU Distinguished Faculty Address, 2017
  • WSU Honors Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2015
  • Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science, 2014
  • Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, 2013
  • Honors College Faculty Thesis Advisor of the Year, 2011
  • Honorary Life Membership to the Northwest Scientific Society, 2010
  • Caroline Engle Distinguished Professor in Research on Infectious Diseases, 2006-2013