One Health Advisory Board 2018-2021

Name and focus related to One Health

Dr. Paul Plummer –ISU CVM, AMR, infectious disease, ruminant medicine, international programs, Executive Director of Antimicrobial Resistance Institute

Primary research focus is Campylobacter jejuni molecular microbiology; food borne bacterial enteritis in the United States and abroad; environmental adaptation, antimicrobial resistance and pathogenicity. Also active research projects in caprine mastitis, IBK, Chlamydophila sp, MAP and Mycoplasma bovis prevention. DVM University of Tennessee; Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at Texas A&M; Large Animal Medicine Residency; PhD in Veterinary Microbiology Iowa State University; ACVIM- DACVIM-LAIM.


Dr. Suzanne Millman-Hartline –ISU CVM VDPAM, BMS - Animal and Human Interactions, Welfare

Section Leader - Animal Welfare, College of Veterinary Medicine
Professor Suzanne Millman holds joint appointments in the Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine and Biomedical Sciences departments at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is an applied ethologist, whose research interests include understanding behavioral responses of animals to states of pain and illness, refining techniques for on-farm animal welfare assessment and identifying practical interventions to enhance animal welfare. Professor Millman coordinates animal welfare instruction within the veterinary professional curriculum and coaches ISU’s animal welfare judging team.  Dr. Millman provides professional outreach services to the community in animal behavior and animal welfare, including the World Animal Health Organization (OIE), HyLine International, United Egg Producers, Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. PhD University of Guelph.


Dr. James Roth –ISU CVM, Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH)

Distinguished Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine and Presidential Chair in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University; and Director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics. Dr. Roth’s primary area of research expertise is immunity to infectious diseases of food producing animals. Major or co-major professor for 50 MS and PhD students; more than 210 refereed journal articles and book chapters; 16 monographs. Dr. Roth received the Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, the Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologist Award from the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, the Public Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the USDA APHIS Administrator’s award for lifetime achievements in animal health. Dr. Roth was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. Dr. Roth served on the Interagency Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Counter Measures Working Group – Animal Pathogens Research and Development Subgroup (2003-2004), and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Blue Ribbon Panel on the Threat of Biological Terrorism Directed Against Livestock (Dec 2003- March 2004), (Chair, Immunotherapeutics Working Group). He has testified before Congressional committees on biosecurity preparedness, on efforts to address bioterrorism and agroterrorism, and on the need for vaccines for foreign animal diseases. Dr. Roth served on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity from 2005 to 2014. DVM and PhD ISU; Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He worked as a veterinarian in a mixed animal practice.


Dr. Amy Vincent –USDA NADC, Influenza

Research Veterinary Medical Officer at the USDA-ARS National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa, assigned to the project to study the virulence properties of swine viral pathogens and develop intervention strategies with 20 years of experience in swine production and animal health research. The primary focus of my laboratory is influenza A virus (IAV) in swine. IAV represents a unique agent that is pathogen to pigs, humans, and numerous other species, and the NADC studies focus on IAV in the natural swine host. Three areas of IAV research involve investigating virulence properties, characterizing currently circulating and emerging IAV in swine, and developing novel vaccine approaches. Recent efforts focused on the 2009 pandemic H1N1, H3N2 variants in humans, swine H3N2 viruses, and the interplay between human seasonal and swine adapted IAV between the two host species. As an RNA virus with an immense capacity to undergo genetic change, monitoring genetic evolution and correlating the genetic changes with properties of virus and virus-host interaction is a critical area of research for IAV. DVM, MS, PhD ISU


Dr. Kristin Obbink – IVMA, Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Iowa State University Public Health Coordinator, Student Wellness 

In CFSPH, activities have included the development of supplemental training materials for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program, contributions to the Secure Food Supply Plans and a variety of other projects. Prior to joining CFSPH, Dr. Obbink served as the Coordinator for the Iowa Food Emergency Rapid Response Team and the Enteric Disease Epidemiologist for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the Iowa Department of Public Health. She also practiced companion animal medicine in both Iowa and Minnesota and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist. Dr. Obbink completed her BS degree in Zoology in 2006 and her DVM in 2011, both from Iowa State University, and then completed her MPH in 2012 from the University of Minnesota. She received Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2017. Dr. Obbink is actively involved in organized veterinary medicine and serves as an Executive Board member to the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Public Health Committee Chair, and the Alternate Delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association representing the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians. She has served as the Vice Chair for the Story County Board of Health and the Public Health lead for the ISU COVID-19 coordination and response..


Dr. Heather Fowler – National Pork Board, One Health, AMR

Dr. Heather Fowler completed her Veterinary Medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. After veterinary school, she received a Master in Public Health in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. In 2011, Dr. Fowler began the 2-year Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CSTE/CDC) Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, working alongside members of the Zoonoses group at the Minnesota Department of Health under the supervision of Drs. Joni Scheftel and Kirk Smith. During her fellowship Dr. Fowler received valuable on-the-job-training in public health practice. She was also able to conduct a study of occupational hazards present in the clinical veterinary setting in the state. In 2013, Dr. Fowler began a PhD program at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. During her time in Seattle she also worked as the Associate Director of Animal Health for the Center for One Health Research (COHR). Her dissertation work focused on the hazards present in veterinary medicine with the goal of establishing a national cohort of veterinary personnel. After completing her PhD in the summer of 2017, Dr. Fowler began work as the Director of Producer and Public Health at the National Pork Board where she oversees public health as well as occupational safety and health activities as they relate to swine production in the United States.


Dr. Christy Petersen – Director, Center of Emerging Infectious Diseases, U of Iowa, One Health, Infectious Diseases/Tropical, Lead for AMR at U of Iowa

Beginnings with a summer research project on African Trypanosomiasis in Nairobi, Kenya, now Dr. Petersen’s scientific career has focused on the prevention of zoonotic diseases, which primarily focuses on leishmaniasis. Dr. Petersen is now director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, a “One Health” collaboration between the Iowa Department of Public Health and regents colleges of Medicine, Public Health (U Iowa) and Veterinary Medicine (ISU). As an Associate Professor at University of Iowa, College of Public Health, she also teaches joint veterinary and graduate coursework and conducts outreach related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of zoonotic diseases within companion animal and human populations. Additionally, she collaborates with the Iowa State University animal shelter medicine program, populations ripe for spread of zoonotic infectious diseases. Her interest in ‘One Health’ was started while a veterinary student by a cadre of veterinarians working in global developing areas. Dr. Christine Petersen graduated with her DVM from Cornell University in 1998 and completed her PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health in 2004.


Dr. Elizabeth VanWormer – UNL, International programs, One Health

Liz VanWormeris an expert on American and East African One Health issues addressing the interface of domestic and wild animals, the environment and health. She is an epidemiologist with abilities in spatial disease modeling to investigate zoonotic disease transmission. BS- Zoology and DVM, PhD- Michigan State; post-doc – UC Davis. Currently: Assistant Professor of Practice and One Health Coordinator, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Dr. Claire Andreasen – comparative clinical pathology/pathology, infectious disease, poultry, education

Professor and Director of One Health in the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, and board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP). She has worked with the ISU CVM Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH), Kansas State Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD), and Texas A&M Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), formerly (FAZD), with funding from DHS and USDA in the areas of emerging and transboundary animal disease education, pathology, and secure food continuity during disease outbreaks. She has served as President of both ASVCP and ACVP. Her research areas include comparative cell function in infectious disease, and emerging and zoonotic disease education. She has authored numerous publications, abstracts and book chapters. DVM Texas A&M; practice 3 years, pathology residency and PhD -University of Georgia; Dipl ACVP. Faculty Oregon State University; ISU CVM - Department Chair, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Office of the Provost for faculty advancement and diversity fellow and assistant. Currently: Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Dr. Roger and Marilyn Mahr Professorship in One Health, Director of One Health.