The innovative and solution-focused team at CDCB works with USDA researchers and industry partners to develop and provide services and results that benefit dairy herds.

Meet the CDCB Team

Achieving progress requires a commitment of time, energy and expertise, and that is exemplified in the CDCB team. 

In 2020, CDCB expanded the team to satisfy the growing demand for services and products that benefit dairy producers. Opportunities continue to grow – to leverage genomic technologies, develop new data pipelines and continue improving dairy production. The CDCB team, along with research partners at USDA AGIL – is set to maximize these opportunities.

CDCB Personnel

João Dürr, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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Javier Burchard, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer

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José Carrillo, Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer

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Ezequiel Nicolazzi, Ph.D.

Chief Operation Officer

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Lillian Bacheller

Senior Applications Developer

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Cindy Ferrier

Office Manager

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Kristen Parker Gaddis, Ph.D.


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Gerald Jansen, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

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Jay Megonigal

IT Manager

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Rodrigo Mota, Ph.D.

Applied Geneticist

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Kendra Randall

Project Manager

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Frank Ross

System Administrator

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H. Duane Norman, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison

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Marius Temzem

Database Administrator

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Lauren Thomas

Data Specialist

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Kaori Tokuhisa, MSC

Genomic Analyst

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George Wiggans, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

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Xiao-Lin (Nick) Wu, Ph.D.

Product Development Manager

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Jhamal McKee

Junior Systems Administrator

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Heather Adams Enzenauer, Ph.D.

Applied Geneticist

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Andres Legarra

Senior Geneticist

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Katie Schmitt

Outreach Specialist

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Taylor Marie McWhorter, Ph.D.


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The CDCB Team and 2019 Interns

TOP ROW (L-R): Duane Norman, João Dürr, Rodrigo Mota, Lillian Bacheller, George Wiggans. 

SECOND ROW (L-R): Jay Megonigal, Kristen Parker Gaddis, Lauren Thomas, Taylor McWhorter, Ezequiel Nicolazzi.

THIRD ROW (L-R): Kaori Tokuhisa, Fiona Guinan, Cindy Ferrier, José Carrillo, Kendra Randall. 

BOTTOM ROW (L-R): Javier Burchard, Marius Temzem, Gerald Jansen, Frank Ross, Nick Wu.

CDCB Internship Program

CDCB has hosted summer interns since 2016 to support the next generation of aspiring scientists. CDCB interns have a unique opportunity to work directly with leading scientists at CDCB and USDA AGIL and conduct research in their area of interest.

Past Interns

Tori Iqbal (2022)

Fiona Guinan (2019)

Isaac Haagen (2017)

Larissa Novo (2022)

Taylor McWhorter (2019)

Maci Lienemann-Mueller (2017)

Anil Sigdel (2021)

Laura Jensen (2019)

Amber Gabel Smith (2016)

Sydney Jewell (2021)

Elif Gunai (2018)

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