Current Students

Jordan Bjustrom-Kraft
Major Professor: Dr. Rodger Main
I graduated from Iowa State University in December 2014 with a Bachelors' degree in Animal Science. My research interest is PEDV and I work in the ISU VDL.

Elizabeth Houston
Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Pineyro
I am a concurrent DVM student working with Dr. Pineyro on Senecavirus research. I am from Connecticut and finished by BS in pathobiology at the University of Connecticut in 2015. I am interested in a career with veterinary diagnostics research and lab animal medicine.

Will Lopez
Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Linhares
I am from Venezuela and I received my DVM from the Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado in 2006. I worked as chief of veterinary departments with companies of the poultry and swine industry in my country and then as a production manager. After 5 years I left my country and went to Russia to work as a Swine Production Manager in a 86.000 sows group. After 3 years in Russia I headed to Mexico to work as the Sow Farm Production Manager responsible for a group of 23.000 sows and the Boar Stud during 2 years until I came to ISU. My research interests are Swine Production, Swine Production Medicine, PRRSv, Swine Influenza, PEDv and Mycoplasma.

Franco Matias Ferreyra
Major Professor: Dr. Paulo Arruda
I obtained my DVM in 2008 from the Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Cordoba, Argentina. I spent a few years in private practice working as a mixed animal practitioner in Argentina and as a certified veterinarian in official eradication programs (Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis, Equine Encephalitis, Equine Infectious Anemia, etc.) From 2010 to 2015, I worked as a Newsletter editor for Foundation PROSAIA (OIE collaborating Center). I came to the U.S. and earned a Graduate Certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2015 while working in the Pathology section at ISU VDL. My research interest is focused on diseases caused by porcine enterovirus, especially the pathology and diagnostics of different strains of Teschovirus.

Juan Carlos Mora Diaz
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Zimmerman
I am from Mexico City. I attended to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), obtaining my DVM in 2011, and then my masters in Animal Health and Production in 2014. My research interests are focus in the diagnosis and surveillance of swine viral diseases, in specific Swine influenza virus, PRRSV and PEDV. My career goal is to work in an international organization, like OIE.

Marcelo Nunes de Almeida
Major Professor: Dr. Daniel Linhares
I got my DVM degree in Universidade de Brasília (UnB) and my Master’s Degree in Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), both in Brazil. Main focus for my work here will be PRRSv applied epidemiology. As for my future career goals I plan to keep working with research. I would like to have an experience working in academia, but could also work for a company. The whole idea is to make meaningful contributions to pigs and industry.

Christopher Rademacher
Major Professor: Dr. Jeffery Zimmerman
I received my DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1998.  I then spent my first 10 years as the production veterinarian for New Fashion Pork, before becoming the Director of Production Improvement for Murphy-Brown in 2009.  In December of 2014, I was named the ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian. My research interest are in  Infectious diseases, PRRS, PEDV, Senecavirus A, oral fluid surveillance, epidemiology and field based research trials.

Adam Schelkopf
Major Professor: Dr. Darin Madson
I attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a BS degree in Biology and then DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.  I began working for Pipestone Veterinary Services in 2012 after graduation with a focus on swine health management.  In 2014, I began at Iowa State University under Dr. Darin Madson in pursuit of a MS degree, focusing on research in PEDV immunity.

Hallie Warneke
Major Professor: Dr. Eric Burrough
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris. My research interests are Brachyspira and bacteriology and I work as a Research Associate II in the Bacteriology section at the ISU VDL.