Faculty & Staff

Program Leaders

Andres Perez

Andres Perez, DVM, PhD

Director and Endowed Chair of Global Animal Health and Food Safety
Mary Katherine O'Brien

Mary Katherine O'Brien, PhD

Researcher for Education and Outreach
Maria Sol Perez

Maria Sol Perez, DVM, PhD

Deputy Director and International Research Development Manager
Melinda Wilkins

Melinda Wilkins, DVM, MPH, PhD, ACVPM

Residency Director for the Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine Residency


Emily Gillette

Emily Gillette

Student Worker
Mila Velimirovich

Mila Velimirovich-Holtz, MS

Education Associate

Post Docs and Researchers

Umanga Gunasekera

Umanga Gunasekera, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate
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Sylvester Ochwo, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate
Rachel Schambow

Rachel Schambow, BS, DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate
Valeriia Yustyniuk

Valeriia Yustyniuk, DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residents

Oluwaseun Akinyede

Oluwaseun Akinyede, DVM, MPH

Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine Resident
Bryan Birtcil

Bryan Birtcil, DVM, MPH

Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine Resident

Graduate Students


Jesper Chia-Hui Hsu, DVM

Graduate Student

Moumita Das, DVM, MS

Graduate Assistant

Regional Support

Dani Schettino

Daniella Schettino, DVM, MSc, PhD

PhD alumni

Technical Advisors

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Mohammad Alkhamis, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Technical advisor
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Sergio Duffy, DVM, MSc, PhD

Senior Technical Advisor
Udi Elnekave

Ehud (Udi) Elnekave, DVM, PhD

Technical advisor
Portrait of Emilio Leon

Emilio Leon, Med. Vet., PhD

Senior technical advisor