Kristen Smith
Kristen Smith
PhD student, pathobiology | Olathe, KS |
Kristen loves horseback riding and is focused on Bovine Respotary diseases (BRD) She hopes to graduate in fall of 2024.
Lilli Heinen
Lilli Heinen
PhD student, pathobiology | Bergisch Gladbach, Germany |
Lilli is working on a PhD concurrent with her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Her focus is on Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) she hopes to graduate in 2024 and receive her PhD the following year.
Blaine Johnson, DVM
PhD student, pathobiology | Red Oak, Iowa |
Blaine received his DVM from Iowa State and plans to complete his PhD November of 2022. His focus is heart disease in cattle through a grant from the American Angus Association.
Hector Rojas
MS student, biomedical science | South Elgin, Illinois |
“Graduate School is trying to fly an airplane while you are building it” Hector’s focus is Bovine Respiratory Diseases (BRD) and plans to graduate fall of 2021.
Kyndall Neal
MS student, bio-medical science concurrent with perusing a DVM degree | Wamego, KS |
DMP & VTPRK student pursuing dual degrees. In addition to completing the the 4- year DVM curriculum, she was selected in her first year for the Veterinary Training Program in rural Kansas and will spend additional time during the summer months learning about public health, rural sociology, natural disaster preparedness and foreign animal disease. While striving toward these amazing goals, she is also completing her masters in bio-medical sciences. She plans to graduate 2024 and move to western Kansas.
Conrad Schelkopf
Geneva, Nebraska |
He is pursuing dual degrees while studying for his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM). His research focuses on food animal diagnostics and therapeutics emphasizing antimicrobial stewardship under the leadership of co-advisors: Drs. Mike Apley and Brian Lubbers. He plans on completing his DVM in 2024 and his PhD the following year.
Grace Jacobson
Grace Jacobson
Student, Agricultural Communications and Journalism – B with a minor in Journalism & Mass Comm. Global Food Syst-Lead_Sec Major | Kansas City, MO | | BCI relies on her to produce and edit the weekly podcast: Cattle Chat. She also edits and posts video training modules for the NBCA, AVC, AABP and AASRP.
Caleb Hildebrand
Caleb Hildebrand
Former BCI INTERN | Student, Animal Sciences and Industry, | Stafford, KS |

Gabryelle Gilliam
Former MS student, biomedical Science received her degree fall of 2020. Originally from Washington, Kansas she now works for Pipestone Data Management and lives in South Dakota
Taylor McAtee
Former student, Animal Sciences and Industry, bioscience option. She completed her undergraduate degree in 3 years (May 2020) and is now pursuing an advanced degree at West Texas A&M University. She is originally from La Cygne, KS.
Dustin Aherin
Former PhD student Dustin Aherin, originally from Phillipsburg, KS, completed his stochastic system model assessments (Feb. 2020). His system is based on differences in technology implementation, resources allocation, government policy, and potential variables, to help him test many herd or industry level decisions spanning multiple segments of the beef value chain. Dustin now works as an analysis at RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group and lives in St. Louis. MO with his wife Cassie.