Staff and Students
POST-DOCS and RESEARCH ASSOCIATES (listed alphabetically):
Christy Hanthorn, DVM, MS
Dr. Hanthorn grew up on a beef cow-calf farm in southern Iowa and received her DVM degree from Iowa State University in 2010. She was in private mixed animal practice in eastern Iowa for 2 years before returning to Iowa State University to complete a MS degree in 2014. Christy’s professional interests are beef cattle herd health and preventive medicine. Her work includes assisting with development of the Secure Beef Supply plan as well as assisting with the management of various projects and academic coursework.
GRADUATE STUDENTS (listed alphabetically):
Kaitlynn Abell, DVM
Kaitlynn's graduate work is focused on epidemiology and pathobiology of bovine respiratory disease and cattle behavior. After graduation, Kaitlynn plans to work in the clinical research field with feedlot cattle and continue to focus on bovine respiratory disease and cattle health
Aurelio Cabezas, MS
Aurelio’s research is focused on livestock herd contact networks in the U.S. production system and the application of that data to modeling the effects of foot-and-mouth disease introduction and spread between herds. He also works with Dr. Victoriya Volkova on a project which aims to develop mathematical models of potential transmission and clinical manifestations of FMD within a U.S. beef feedlot.
Sarah Capik, DVM
Dr. Capik's research involves the transmission, characterization, and control of Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. After completing her PhD, she hopes to combine her knowledge about veterinary medicine and epidemiology to promote and support the cattle industry.
Pius Ekong, DVM
Pius' research is focused on creating probabilistic quantitative microbial risk assessment models to evaluate risk mitigation strategies and public health impacts of seven serotypes of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in beef product pathway (from farm-to-fork). Pius' research interests lie in the investigation and control of health related issues at the livestock – wildlife – human interface using epidemiological and risk modeling tools.
Kendra works for the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health. Her research interests include a multi-disciplinary approach to animal disease traceability and crisis communication.
Tara Nath Gaire, MS
Tara’s research at K-State focuses on the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. His previous research experience includes epidemiological studies of the bluetongue virus antibodies presence in ruminants (cattle, sheep and goat) of Nepal and prevalence of bovine viral diarrhea infection in dairy herds of Nepal as a Principal Researcher funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future – Livestock Innovation Laboratory, led by Colorado State University.
Jordan is currently pursuing a concurrent DVM/PhD, and his research has focused on the effect of varying particle size and standard deviation of ground corn in nursery and finishing swine diets on feed preference, growth performance, carcass characteristics, and associated feed mill manufacturing costs. Additional research currently includes evaluation of chromium supplementation in finishing swine diets as well as potential mitigation strategies of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in feed and feed ingredients. Upon graduation, Jordan hopes to continue helping swine producers improve the health and nutrition of their herds, ultimately leading to increased productivity and efficiency.
Ali grew up on a small family farm in eastern KS. She completed her B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Sciences and Industry) and her M.S. in Animal Sciences and Industry (Ruminant Nutrition) from K-State. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the food safety of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in commercial beef cattle.
Mariana Boscato Menegat, MS
Mariana is a veterinarian, and her work is focused on swine. She earned her MS in Swine Reproduction and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Swine Nutrition. Mariana hopes that her academic and professional career contribute towards the improvement of swine production.
Jessie Monday, DVM
Jessie's thesis work is focused on the validation of the Kansas State University RIS system for evaluating replacement beef heifers. In the future, Jessie plans to focus on the advancement of Food Animal Medicine by focusing on the training of the future generations of veterinarians.
Ana Oliveira, DVM
Ana obtained her DVM degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Master of Sciences degree program, under a Fulbright scholarship. Ana is a Graduate Research Assistant in Epidemiology, working on a project that focuses on the use of epidemiological approaches to investigate the risk of emergence of the Japanese encephalitis virus in the USA. Her research interests are veterinary epidemiology, infectious diseases and zoonoses, risk analysis and veterinary public health through a One Health perspective.
Hannah’s PhD research focus is on the environmental transmission dynamics of Escherichia coli. Hannah is part of the dual DVM/PhD program and a current first year veterinary student. After completion of her program, she plans to continue clinical research in feedlot cattle with a focus in food safety and public health.
Douglas's work is focused on cow-calf and feedlot production systems with focus on cattle behavior, management systems, and disease management. He is planning to use his training in his veterinary and professional career to be a part of the progress in an evolving industry.
Ashley Smith, MS
Ashley's dissertation focuses on the epidemiology and fluoroquinolone-susceptibility patterns of Salmonella and Campylobacter in feedlot cattle. Ashley is currently a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) for Bayer Animal Health and hopes to use the knowledge gained through her PhD program to assist with the development of safe, efficacious products for use in the animal health industry.