Steffanie Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist, and Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences & Professor and Harold Simon Chair at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She also directs the new UC San Diego center for Innovative Phage Application and Therapeutics. She has been named one of TIME's 50 Most Influential People in Health Care. She is the co-author with her husband Thomas Patterson of The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug, published by Hachette Books.