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Marty Vanier and Bob Krause BRI Research Fellows

The Marty Vanier and Bob Krause BRI Research Fellows Program recognizes principal investigators with ongoing projects at the Biosecurity Research Institute. The program's purpose is to foster interdisciplinary research, educational opportunities, and activities associated with research the fellows are doing in areas such as high-consequence plant and animal diseases, foodborne disease agents, arthropod-borne diseases, and pathogens that can be passed from animals to humans. On April 29, 2016, the scientists pictured below were named Marty Vanier and Bob Krause BRI Research Fellows.BRI Research Fellows

Front row: Raymond (Bob) Rowland, Dana Vanlandingham, Stephen Higgs, D. Scott McVey, Barbara Valent, Jishu Shi. Back row: Steven Eckels, William Wilson, Juergen Richt, William Bockus, James Stack, Kenneth Burton, Randy Phebus.
BRI Research Fellows Lecture Series

A highlight of the BRI Research Fellows Program is an ongoing lecture series. Well-known and highly respected scientists who have achieved excellence in their field are invited to campus to present a seminar for the benefit of K-State students, faculty, and staff. To date, the following have been invited and presented lectures.

  • "Rickettsial Determinants for Arthropod Infection and Transmission" by Kevin R. Macaluso, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Entomology, Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, and the Marty Vanier and Bob Krause Biosecurity Research Institute Research Fellows Program. April 2018. 

  • "Arboviruses and Their Related Infections in China: a Comprehensive Field and Laboratory Investigation Over the Last Three Decades" by Guodong Liang,M.D, M.S., Professor, Department of Viral Encephalitis and Arbovirus, National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC, Beijing. September 2017.

  • "Mosquito-borne Disease Surveillance: Can Technology Help Us Find the Needle in the Haystack?" by Scott A. Ritchie, Professor, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland. August 2017.

  • "Insights into the Origin of Virulence from Model Organisms," by Arturo Casadevall, Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. April 2017.

  • "Genomic Analysis to Characterize Disease Outbreaks: Studies from Anthrax, Plague and Cholera," by Paul Keim, Executive Director of the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, Northern Arizona University. November 2016. 

Marty Vanier and Bob Krause
Biosecurity Research Institute Research Fellows

  • William Bockus, Professor of Plant Pathology (retired in 2016)
  • Kenneth R. Burton, Program Director of the National Ag Biosecurity Center
  • Steven Eckels, Professor of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering
  • Stephen Higgs, Director of the Biosecurity Research Institute and Assoc. Vice Pres. for Research
  • David Scott McVey, Director of the Center for Grain & Animal Health Research, USDA, ARS
  • Randall K. Phebus, Professor of Animal Sciences & Industry
  • Juergen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
  • Raymond (Bob) Rowland, Professor of Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
  • Jishu Shi, Professor of Anatomy &  Physiology
  • James P. Stack, Professor of Plant Pathology
  • Barbara Valent, Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology
  • Dana L. Vanlandingham, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
  • William C. Wilson, Research Leader, USDA, ARS, Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research, CGAHR