Introduction of Speakers
Dr. Daniel Chertow, MD, MPH – Keynote Speaker
Dr. Chertow is an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the Critical Care Medicine Department at the NIH. Dr. Chertow earned his medical degree from Northwestern University and his MPH from UC Berkeley. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and training in Applied Epidemiology as an officer in the EIS at the CDC. His fellowship training in Critical Care was completed at NIH and Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. Major research interests include pathogenesis and treatment of severe emerging infections.
Dr. Kelly Baker, PhD
Dr. Baker is the Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Maryland, where she also was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Center for Vaccine Development in the School of Medicine. Her international studies focus on waterborne infectious diseases, and provide unique insight into the prevention of death and illness in low-income countries.
Dylan Clark, BS, MS
Dylan Clark is a recent Master’s graduate in geography at McGill University. Dylan earned his Bachelor’s degree in global resource systems and environmental studies from Iowa State University. At McGill, Dylan is a member of the Climate Change Adaptation Research Group, where he has a focus on the effects of climate change on the livelihood of indigenous Inuit populations. He continues to study how climate change impacts health and security.
Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, DVM, PhD
Dr. Matthew Ellinwood, DVM, PhD is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University. He received his DVM from Colorado State University and continued his studies there to receive a Ph.D. in physiology. A comparative medical geneticist, Dr. Ellinwood works on the mucopolysaccharidoses – a group of fatal pediatric neurodegenerative diseases. Since his arrival at ISU in 2004, his research and teaching has focused on companion animal and murine models of human genetic disease. He has 44 peer reviewed publications and is the past President of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National MPS Society.
Jennifer Elwood is a Clinical Technical Specialist in Microbiology at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Cornell College and her Medical Laboratory Science Certificate from St. Luke’s College in Sioux City, IA. Ms. Elwood was a Research Associate for the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa and the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University. She has spent the last ten years working in clinical laboratories in both the hospital setting and in the public health setting.
Dr. Chris Hay, PhD, MS
Dr. Hay is the senior environmental scientist at the Iowa Soybean Association. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the certified water quality lab, providing technical assistance to field planning/experimental operations and leading scientific research efforts. Dr. Hay has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural water management and water quality in academia, consulting, industry and government. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Colorado State University in agricultural engineering.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, MBA
Secretary Northey received his Bachelor’s in agricultural business from Iowa State University and his MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University. Amongst many other agricultural achievements, he has served as president and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association. He has done extensive work with the Iowa Farm Bureau. He was elected as Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture in 2006, running on a platform of One Health. He has continued to be an ally of the cause since.
Dr. Kristen Obbink, DVM, MPH
Dr. Obbink is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Center For Food Security/Public Health at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2011 and her MPH from the University of Minnesota in 2012. Dr. Obbink formerly served as the Foodborne Illness Epidemiologist and Iowa Food Protection Rapid Response Team Coordinator within the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals.
Dr. Yuko Sato, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVP
Dr. Sato is an extension veterinarian at Iowa State’s Veterinary College. She received her DVM from Purdue. Originally a dairy veterinarian, she went on to complete a residency in poultry medicine and an MS in poultry diagnostic medicine. She served at the forefront of the Iowa avian influenza outbreak and is a featured “Change Agent” at ISU. Within Iowa and the vet school, she remains very involved in poultry medicine and education.