Scientific Program Director
Advanced Animal Systems
Dr. Tim Kurt joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research in October 2016, as a Scientific Program Director. Dr. Kurt is passionate about the fundamental role of science, and especially veterinary science, in enhancing sustainable agriculture, food security and improving people’s lives. At FFAR, Dr. Kurt is developing animal research programs to support innovative biological and management approaches to preventing and controlling infectious diseases and reducing reliance on medically-important antibiotics, reducing environmental impacts of livestock production, farm-animal welfare research and aquaculture research. He also oversees the Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) program, which supports efforts to prevent and/or mitigate agricultural pest or pathogen outbreaks.
Dr. Kurt received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Colorado State University (CSU), where he performed his dissertation research on the molecular determinants for cross-species transmission of chronic wasting disease (CWD), in the laboratory of Dr. Edward Hoover. After graduating from CSU, Dr. Kurt performed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Christina Sigurdson and the Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine at the University of California San Diego, focusing on the molecular biology of protein-misfolding diseases. Outside of work, Dr. Kurt enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and two boys.