CORE - Staff
Andrea Dixon, PhD
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.
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.
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.
Karla I. Moreno-Torres, PhD, DVM, MSc
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.
Robert Mugabi, BVM, MSc, PhD
Robert completed a PhD researching molecular epidemiology of Staphylococcus spp. in dairy cattle at the University of Vermont. He was received a USDA SARE award to research Staphylococcus spp. causing cow mastitis, forming biofilms, and manifesting antimicrobial resistance, to improve milk quality and safety of artisanal and farmstead cheeses made in Vermont. Robert received a MSc in Infectious Disease Management from North Dakota State University and a BVM from Makerere University. Robert works with Dr. Victoriya Volkova on monitoring antimicrobial resistance in foodborne pathogens and indicator enteric bacteria, as a part of the U.S. National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring Program (NARMS).
Lauren Wisnieski, MS, PhD
GRADUATE STUDENTS (listed alphabetically):
Joaquin Baruch, DVM
Joaquin received his DVM from the University of the Republic in Uruguay in 2016. He is interested in learning about the beef production system in United States and about food safety and epidemiological research in general. Before coming to the U.S., he did research in epidemiology and animal welfare. The pathobiology program and the research activities align well with the skills he wants to achieve during his graduate studies, as well as his future career in veterinary epidemiology.
Diana Dewsbury, MS
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.
Megan is pursuing concurrent DVM/MS degrees. She is a member of the DVM Class of 2019. Megan earned her BS in Agriculture (Animal Sciences and Industry) from K-State in 2015. Her general research interests lie in epidemiology.
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.
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.