CORE - Staff

dixon Andrea Dixon, PhD
Research Associate
aldixon@vet.k-state.edu

Andrea received her PhD from the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University, where she focused on population genetics and the evolutionary mechanisms constraining species distributions. She then went on to work as a post-doctoral researcher at Rothamsted Research, using next generation sequencing data to investigate the population genetic structure of a winter-wheat crop weed with known herbicide resistance. Her research interests include evolutionary genetics and applied research focusing on improving animal health and agriculture.

Roberta Hodges

Roberta Hodges
Project Consultant
roberta@vet.k-state.edu

Roberta is an alum of Kansas State University. Her responsibilities include organizing and tracking activities for the research and training programs of the center; tracking and monitoring budgets; assisting with reporting and proposals; data management and administrative support for the CORE.

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Karla I. Moreno-Torres, PhD, DVM, MSc
Postdoctoral Research Associate
kimoreno@vet.k-state.edu

Karla received her PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University, where she focused on the dynamics of infectious diseases at the wildlife-livestock interface. She worked as a post-doctoral researcher and an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow at the Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health and at the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. She used experimental data to parameterize national models for epidemiological preparedness. Her research interests include modeling infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, applied epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases.

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS (listed alphabetically):

Diana Dewsbury Diana Dewsbury, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD, Pathobiology (Epidemiology)
dewsbury@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Natalia Cernicchiaro

Diana received her MS from K-State in 2015 where she studied food safety epidemiology with Drs. Natalia Cernicchiaro and David Renter. Diana has since worked in industry as part of a global bovine biologics research and development team for three years. As a PhD candidate her focus will be primarily on food safety epidemiology. Her other professional interests include ruminant nutrition, beef production, and feedlot animal health. Upon completion of her PhD program, she plans to utilize her industry experience and academic education to design, conduct, and analyze experimental research trials to answer questions pertinent, applicable, and vital to the field and animal health industry as a whole.

kendra frasierKendra Frasier
PhD, Veterinary Pathobiology
kendrafrasier@k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Michael Sanderson

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.

Deana HardeeDeana Hardee, DVM
MS, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
dvhardee@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. David Renter

Deana completed undergraduate and veterinary degrees at the University of Georgia. She returned home to a mixed animal clinic with a focus on beef cattle production in southeast Georgia. Deana relocated to central Nebraska and split her time between the cow-calf and feeding sectors. In the spring of 2020, she started a position as a ruminant technical services veterinarian in the Texas Panhandle. Her primary research focus is in antimicrobial use, stewardship, and resistance.

Lucas HortonLucas Horton, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD, Pathobiology (Epidemiology)
lhorton@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. David Renter

Lucas received his MS degree in Animal Sciences and Industry from K-State in 2018, where he studied beef cattle nutrition. He spent one and a half years in industry as a Research Coordinator where he monitored commercial feedlot trials studying a ruminal probiotic. His doctoral research will focus on enhancing the beef production system through epidemiologic principles designed to generate practical, data-driven conclusions that are applicable in the field. He aims to support industry leaders with information that can be used to improve decision making in areas such as cattle health, production efficiency, nutrition, food safety, economics, and sustainability.

Ramya KalamRamya Kalam, BVSc & AH
Graduate Research Assistant
MS Clinical Sciences
rkalam@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Raghu Amachawadi

Ramya received her BVSc & AH from Sri Venkateshwara Veterinary University India in 2018. She is currently an MS student in the Department of Clinical Sciences. Ramya's research focus is on the impact of antibiotic administration on the prevalence of pathogenic Escherichia coli in swine production systems.

Harith SalihHarith M. Salih, BVM, MS
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD, Clinical Sciences
hmssalih@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Raghu Amachawadi

Harith received his BVM from Iraq in1987. His first MS in Microbiology from Iraq in 1999. Then, the second MS in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences from Kansas State University in 2010. Harith worked for 10 years in the industry as part of research and development team. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Clinical Sciences. His current research focuses on antibiotic alternatives and liver abscesses in feedlot cattle.

Hannah Seger, DVMHannah Seger
Graduate Research Assistant
PhD, Pathobiology (Epidemiology)
hlseger@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hannah received her DVM from Kansas State University in May 2021. Her doctoral research is focused on agent-based modeling and social contact network analysis for studying Escherichia coli transmission in commercial feedlot systems. Her other professional interests include public health, food safety and security, and feedlot animal health. Upon completion of her PhD program, she plans to utilize her technical and research skills to improve public health and disease outbreak response and prevention.

Maryka SmithMaRyka Smith
Graduate Research Assistant
DVM/PhD, Pathobiology
marykasmith@vet.k-state.edu
Advised by Dr. Michael Sanderson

MaRyka is a concurrent DVM/PhD student working on modeling FMD control options including the use and value of traceability. She received her Bachelor of Science - Veterinary Medicine in Agriculture in May 2020 from Kansas State University.