Dr. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, is a founder of the field of pharmacoepidemiology, which applies epidemiological methods to the study of drugs and their effectiveness within specific populations. He helped develop the International Clinical Epidemiology Network, responsible for fostering the establishment of epidemiology units in medical schools throughout the developing world. A leading expert in outbreaks like SARS, MERS, and seasonal influenza, he notes that the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any he’s witnessed. As the United States struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19, Rutgers Magazine sought Strom’s insight into the pandemic and the pathogen responsible for it. To read the full story.