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PhAST (Pharmacology Analytical Support Team) is composed of veterinary clinical pharmacologists and toxicologists supported by analytical chemists.  The group is centered around a laboratory facility with a focus on high throughput analyses intended to quantify exogenous and endogenous compounds (e.g. drugs, toxins and biomarkers) in organic matrices.  PhAST is developing innovative analytical methods that will provide rapid analytical support for livestock producers aimed at 1) improving the health and welfare of livestock and 2) safeguarding international trade agreements and public health.  PhAST also provides analytical services in support of multiple sample, known analyte, pharmacological and toxicological research for academic, industry, and government entities.

PhAST is committed to offering a professional service characterized by accurate analysis of batches of submitted research samples with a commitment to a short turnaround time (less than 90 days).


Hans Coetzee

Jackie Peterson

Renee Novak

PhAST Staff

Johann Coetzee, BVSc, Cert CHP, PhD, DACVCP
PhAST Section Leader
515-294-3912 (lab)

  • DVM University of Pretoria S. Africa
  • Pharmaceutical Industry 2 years
  • PhD Microbiology ISU 2005
  • Kansas State University Profesor/Tenured 2005-2010
  • Biomarker discovery in pain and distress
  • Author/Co-author of 40+ peer-reviewed manuscripts
Jackie Peterson

Jackie Peterson
Research Associate II/Drug Administration Studies/Instrumentalist 

  • BA Secondary Education-Biology Endorsement, Grand View College, DSM, IA
  • Technical Writing Certification, DMACC, DSM, IA
  • AAVLD member, Proficiency testing committee
  • 25+ years experience in the Racing lab
  • Coordinator/Administrator of IDTA-Equine and IITP-Canine programs
  • Project manager PhAST research activities
Renee Novak

Renee Novak
Program Assistant II, QA Manager

  • AA, AAS Medical Lab Tech, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, certified, DMACC, DSM, IA
  • 21+ years experience in the Racing lab
  • QA manager
  • New method development/implementation, specializing in the Hamilton Liquid Handling System
  • Society of Quality Assurance, (SQA) member
David BortsPhD

Assistant Scientist II/Instrumental Specialist

  • BS Chemistry, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  • MS Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • PhD Analytical Chemistry, West Lafayette, IN
  • 15+ years experience in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative mass spectrometry
  • Member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Luanne Endreland

CJ Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • BS Food Science, Miryang National University, Republic of Korea
  • MS Food Science and Biotechnology, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • PhD food Chemistry, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Post Doctoral research, Center for Agricultural Biomaterials, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
  • Post Doctoral research, Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Suzanne Sander, PhD
Assistant Scientist

  • BS Chemistry, Benedictine College, Atchison KS
  • PhD Analytical Chemistry, ISU, Ames IA
  • Post Doctorate Genetics Development and Cell Biology, ISU, Ames IA
  • 10+ years research experience
  • American Chemical Society member
Dan Schultz Dan Schultz
Larry Wulf

Larry Wulf, PhD
Analytical Chemist III/Technical Manager/Instrumental Specialist

  • BS Chemistry, Univ. Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  • MS Food Science and Technology, Virginia State Univ., Pullman, VA
  • PhD Water Resources, ISU, Ames, IA
  • Post Doctorate Agriculture Engineering, ISU, Ames, IA
  • LCMS screening method development of over 300 analytes
  • Investigates/Evaluates new extraction and instrumental methodologies
  • Directs and prepares research data and presentations and publications

Pharmacology Analytical Support Team (PhAST)
1600 S 16th St, Ames, IA  50011