CORE - Primary Faculty
Associate Professor, Department of Statistics
Dr. Bello’s research focus is in the development and application of linear mixed models, with emphasis on hierarchical Bayesian implementations and applications motivated by problems in animal agriculture and veterinary epidemiology. Of particular interest is the hierarchical modeling of sources of heterogeneity at multiple levels, including means, variances and covariances/correlations across levels of the data structure to capture the inherently multidimensional complexity of production systems.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
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.
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Economics
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.
Professor, Swine Production and Nutrition
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.
Professor, Coleman Chair Food Animal Production Medicine
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.
Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
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.
Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics
Dr. Pendell’s research focuses on economic issues related to animal health that span from the producer through the supply chain to the final consumer. He teaches a course in data analysis and optimization.
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.
Professor, Epidemiology and Beef Production
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.
Professor, Agriculture Economics
Dr. Schroeder conducts economic analysis to address issues of importance to the livestock and meat industry. Emphases include economics of animal health, food safety, and market and demand analysis. He teaches courses in agricultural marketing and risk management and directs the Center for Risk Management Education and Research.
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
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.
Associate Professor, Beef Production Medicine
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.