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. 

2024 CDCB Team

In 2023, CDCB expanded its 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.

Front (left to right): Rodrigo Mota, Taylor Marie McWhorter, Kristen Parker Gaddis, Lillian Bacheller, Courtney Hoff
Middle: Katie Schmitt, Xiao-Lin (Nick) Wu, Malia Caputo, Duane Norman, Heather Adams Enzenauer, Cindy Ferrier, Jhamal McKee, Rob Cooper
Back: Javier Burchard, Jay Megonigal, Gerald Jansen, José Carrillo, George Wiggans, Chip Donatone, Andres Legarra, João Dürr, Ezequiel Nicolazzi, Frank Ross
Not pictured: John B. Cole, and Kaori Tokuhisa

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CDCB Personnel

Andres Legarra, Ph.D.

Senior Geneticist

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Ashley Ling

Support Scientist

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Chip Donatone

Dairy Data Architect

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Cindy Ferrier

Office Manager

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Courtney Hoff

Data Support Specialist

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Ezequiel Nicolazzi, Ph.D.

Chief Operation Officer

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Frank Ross

System Administrator

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George Onoh

Data Specialist

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George Wiggans, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

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Gerald Jansen, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor

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H. Duane Norman, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison

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Heather Adams Enzenauer, Ph.D.

Applied Geneticist

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Javier Burchard, Ph.D.

Chief Innovation Officer

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Jay Megonigal

IT Manager

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Jhamal McKee

Junior Systems Administrator

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João Dürr, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

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John B. Cole, Ph.D.

Chief Research and Development Officer

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José Carrillo, Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer

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Kaori Tokuhisa, MSC

Genomic Analyst

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Katie Schmitt

Outreach Specialist

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Kristen Parker Gaddis, Ph.D.


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Lillian Bacheller

Senior Applications Developer

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Malia Caputo, Ph.D.


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Rob Cooper

Business Manager

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Rodrigo Mota, Ph.D.

Applied Geneticist

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Taylor Marie McWhorter, Ph.D.


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

Product Development Manager

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CDCB Internship Program

CDCB is committed to developing and supporting the next generation of dairy cattle geneticists and researchers through internships, post-doctorate appointments and fellowships since 2016. CDCB interns have a unique opportunity to work directly with leading scientists at CDCB and USDA AGIL while conducting research in their area of interest.

Internship applications open in the late fall.

CDCB Interns

Jonathan Layton (2023)

Sydney Jewell (2021)

Elif Gunai (2018)

Joe-Menwer Tabet (2023)

Fiona Guinan (2019)

Isaac Haagen (2017)

Tori Iqbal (2022)

Taylor McWhorter (2019)

Maci Lienemann-Mueller (2017)

Larissa Novo (2022)

Anil Sigdel (2021)

Laura Jensen (2019)

Amber Gabel Smith (2016)

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