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Primary Faculty - Epidemiology and Population Health

Natalia CernicchiaroNatalia Cernicchiaro, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
(785) 532-4241

Dr. Cernicchiaro research focus is on the application of epidemiological concepts and methods, including multi-level modeling and knowledge synthesis and translation techniques, to design, implement and interpret observational and experimental studies pertaining to food safety, zoonoses, arthropod-borne diseases and production medicine. She teaches basic and advanced epidemiology courses and mentors students in the MPH, MS, and PhD programs.

Elva ChaElva Cha, DVM, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Economics
(785) 532-4604 

Dr. Cha’s research is on the optimization of animal health decisions through economic modeling and statistical analysis of population data and assessing the value of information when making optimal decisions. She integrates her experience from the pharmaceutical industry, and training in economics, epidemiology, and biostatistics, toward the evaluation of clinical trial, observational, and synthesis research data.

Steve DritzSteve Dritz, DVM, PhD

Professor, Swine Production and Nutrition
(785) 532-4202

Dr. Dritz uses field-based research to solve current problems facing swine producers. He is experienced managing data collection using sophisticated experimental designs and analysis in field settings. In addition, Dr. Dritz teaches a foundation level data management course (DMP 830) focused on a variety of population-based disciplines in veterinary medicine and animal production.

Bob LarsonBob L. Larson, DVM, PhD, ACT, ACVPM-Epi, ACAN

Professor, Coleman Chair Food Animal Production Medicine
(785) 532-4257

Dr. Larson’s primary area of interest is the integration of cattle health, production efficiency, and economic considerations in order to improve the long-term sustainability of beef producers. He mentors graduate students in production medicine, epidemiology, and public health, and he teaches veterinary and graduate courses in epidemiology, reproduction, production medicine, and experimental design.

Lina Mur, DVM, PhDLina Mur

Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
(785) 532-5552 

Dr. Mur’s research focus is on the application of epidemiological methods for the prevention and control of Foreign Animal Diseases. This research includes the characterization of the disease in affected territories (disease measures’ and risk factor studies), risk assessment, spatial analysis and surveillance methodologies including risk-based and syndromic surveillance approaches. 

David RenterDavid G. Renter, DVM, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
(785) 532-4801 

Dr. Renter’s outcomes-based research enables valid data-driven decisions to improve animal health/well-being, food safety, production efficiency, and economic viability of animal health systems.  He teaches epidemiology and mentors students in DVM, MPH, MS, and PhD programs.

Michael SandersonMichael W. Sanderson DVM, MS, DACVPM-Epidemiology

Professor, Epidemiology and Beef Production
(785) 532-4264

Dr Sanderson’s research is focused on health, well-being and decreased production in beef production enterprises, through the application of epidemiology, risk analysis and disease modeling to facilitate optimal decision making.  He teaches Epidemiology, Disease Modeling, Beef Production and mentors DVM, MS, MPH and PhD students.


Victoriya VolkovaVictoriya Volkova, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
(785) 532-6321

Dr. Volkova researches the epidemiology and drivers of bacterial antimicrobial resistance. She focuses on how antimicrobial use in farm animals interacts with the bacterial ecology and genetics in creating the patterns of resistance in animal bacteria, how to survey the use and resistance, and to lessen resistance transfer between animal, human and environmental bacteria.

Brad WhiteBrad White, DVM, MS

Associate Professor, Beef Production Medicine
(785) 532-4243

Dr. White is part of an active research team working to improve cattle health and well-being.  The primary research focus is bovine respiratory disease with emphasis on production efficiency and economic viability of animal well-being decisions.  Dr. White teaches electives in production medicine, cow-calf medicine, and rural business management.