External Advisory Committee

The strategy/vision and scientific advice for the Institute are provided by an External Advisory Committee (EAC). This council is composed of selected individuals from private agricultural industries, state and federal agencies involved in foreign animal/trans-boundary emerging and zoonotic diseases, biological and pharmaceutical industries, and nationally and internationally recognized senior scientists involved in foreign animal, emerging and/or zoonotic disease research and/or modeling.

Members of the EAC provide important perspectives and scientific advice on key issues and concerns in the private sector, as well as approaches and activities in relevant government agencies. They also offer advice on linkages, potential funding opportunities, and overall direction as well as key scientific advice and programmatic review/evaluation.

Current members include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Lautner – USDA APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL)
  • Dr. Patrick Webb – National Pork Board
  • Ross Wilson – Texas Cattle Feeders Association
  • Dr. Stephen Higgs – Biosecurity Research Institute, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Keith Roehr – Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Corrie Brown -University of Georgia
  • Dr. Jim Collins – University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
  • Dr. Jamie Jonker – National Milk Producers Federation
  • Dr. Bret Marsh – Indiana Board of Animal Health
  • Dr. Mark Teachman – USDA APHIS VS STAS
  • Dr. David Franz – Kansas State University
  • Dr. Subhash Morzaria – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Dr. Brian McCluskey – USDA APHIS VS

Ex officio members are:

  • Matthew Coats – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs
  • Dr. Michelle Colby – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Chemical and Biological Division