Tim Buisker

Tim Buisker is the Founder and Principal Data Scientist at Smart Data Science Solutions. Tim completed a master’s degree in Biostatistics & Epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and his PhD coursework and dissertation focused on mathematical modeling and ensemble machine learning. In 2017, Tim took an ongoing hiatus from academia and left the PhD program to found Smart Data Science Solutions, a statistical services firm that specializes in helping agricultural and supporting industries make better use of their data through statistics, machine learning, and customized cloud-based applications. Tim and his team have deep experience with animal-based protein production throughout the supply chain, from primary genetics to consumer-ready products, and have expanded operations to include other food producers and packagers, as well as animal health companies and device companies that support protein production. He can be reached at tim@smartdatascience.solutions.

Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar

Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar acquired his Bachelor of Veterinary Medical Sciences – equivalent to DVM degree – from Cairo University in Egypt in the year 2000. He then worked with poultry industry in Egypt for several years before coming to the US in 2008 to study the Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) in the University of Georgia. In 2010, after completing the MAM degree, Dr. El-Gazzar became a diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and went on to study his PhD at The Ohio State University in Molecular Diagnostics. In 2014 and after completing his PhD, Dr. El-Gazzar became an Assistant Professor and Poultry Extension Veterinarian at The Ohio State University. In 2018, Dr. El-Gazzar moved to be an Assistant Professor and Poultry Diagnostician at Iowa State University.

Dr. Stephanie Frankenbach

Stephanie has worked in the US Poultry industry for over 22 years. She received her B.S. & M.S. degrees in Animal Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Monogastric Nutrition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Frankenbach has held Technical Service roles with Land O’Lakes/Purina, United Animal Health, Diamond V and Elanco Animal Health prior to joining Chr. Hansen in April 2021. Her diversified background includes field and formulation experience with broilers, layers and turkeys; areas of expertise include feed additives such as prebiotics, probiotics, enzymes, yeast fermentation products and amino acids. Stephanie and her family reside in Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Eric Gingerich

Dr. Gingerich has worked as a poultry veterinarian since graduation from the Purdue University in 1977 working mostly with the egg layer industry for an integrated poultry company, state diagnostic laboratories, a primary layer breeder company, and a feed additive company. His fields of interest are food safety, layer health management strategies, and layer welfare. Eric lives in Zionsville Indiana.

Chad Hart

Chad Hart was born and raised in southwest Missouri. His parents raised a few cattle and operated a small meat locker. Hart received a B.S. in economics with minors in mathematics, history, and astronomy from Southwest Missouri State University in 1991, and then moved to Iowa in the summer of 1991 to pursue graduate education. He received a Ph.D. in economics and statistics in 1999 from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, he joined the staff for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State. His research has examined the interaction between the agricultural commitments within the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the agricultural policies and programs of WTO members, crop insurance, international trade, biofuel policy, federal agricultural policy, and crop marketing Hart is a partner in Farm Risk, an Iowa firm that develops revenue insurance products and receives revenue based on policies sold by crop insurance companies.

Amro Hashish

Amro Hashish is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine. His work is focused on the development and validation of a wide range of molecular assays – ranging from qPCR, Sanger sequencing, second and third-generation sequencing techniques - for the identification and characterization of poultry pathogens. Also, he is working on the application of molecular epidemiology for the tracing of bacterial and viral pathogens of avian species. Right now, he is working in Dr. El-Gazzar’s lab in developing, customizing, and standardizing the MinION Nanopore sequencing platform for the real-time detection of avian infectious agents. Prior to joining Iowa State University, he completed his DVM from Suez Canal University, Egypt. His Master and PhD were focusing on Veterinary Virology.

Dr. Mark Mouw

Practicing in Northwest Iowa, Dr. Mark grew up and now lives in the small town of Rock Valley. Mark completed undergraduate work at Dordt College and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation Dr. Mark now practices commercial poultry medicine with an emphasis on hands-on approaches during farm visits. His passion lies in getting into the field and helping train customer employees in all aspects of bird health and productivity. When not enjoying time with his dog Koda or family Mark enjoys fishing, hunting, and water-skiing.