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OSU faculty member named Oklahoma's state epidemiologist

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An Oklahoma State University faculty member was named Oklahoma’s state epidemiologist on Monday.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirmed that OSU’s Jared Taylor, a veterinarian who teaches epidemiology and public health in the veterinarian curriculum, will serve as an epidemiology consultant for the department after interim state epidemiologist Aaron Wendelboe's contract expired Friday.

This is the state's third epidemiologist since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Per a statement from the department, Taylor’s role will have him "ensure continuity of epidemiological support and expertise to public health stakeholders as agreements are finalized.”

Months before this, Wendelboe replaced former state epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed after he stepped down in March.