CAHFS is proud to announce the next event in the Dr. Will Hueston Speaker Series:
Kim Dodd, DVM, PhD
USDA APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Plum Island
“Developing expertise to support the current and expanding mission of the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory: the NBAF Scientist Training Program"
Thursday, February 28, 2019, 2:00-3:00 PM
280 Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota
Download a flyer for this event (PDF).
The Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) is a national and international reference laboratory for foreign animal diseases (FADs), the only diagnostic laboratory in the U.S. where work with high-consequence FADs, including foot and mouth disease (FMD) and Rinderpest, both Tier 1 select agents, is permitted. Over the next few years, FADDL will transition from Plum Island to the new state-of-the-art National Agro- and Biodefense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas, where the FADDL mission will expand to include emerging, zoonotic and BSL-4 pathogens. To develop the necessary expertise, APHIS developed the NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP), a graduate training program for highly qualified graduate students interested in pursuing a career with FADDL at NBAF.
Dr. Kim Dodd is the Director of the USDA APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) on Plum Island and the APHIS NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP). Kim received her DVM and PhD in comparative pathology from the University of California-Davis. Before serving as the FADDL Director, she was the Senior Scientist at Metabiota, a company dedicated to enhancing laboratory and surveillance capacity globally to prepare, prevent and respond to disease outbreaks. Kim worked in Central and West Africa to facilitate collaborations with international agencies and African governments, and served as Program Director for the CDC Global Health Security Agenda. Prior to that, she was a researcher in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at CDC, where she developed a novel vaccine for Rift Valley fever virus, and characterized animal models for hemorrhagic fever viruses (including Ebola, Lassa, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and Rift Valley fever viruses). During and after her time at CDC, she played an active role in CDC field laboratory response to filovirus outbreaks, most recently for the West Africa Ebola outbreak in 2014.
As a U of M sponsored event this seminar may be used for CE credit per Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine guidelines.