After serving for six years as scientific program director for the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area, Dr. Tim Kurt left FFAR in September 2022 to tackle new animal health and welfare challenges in the food industry.
At FFAR, Kurt built multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives to address significant challenges. His portfolio included the International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA); a suite of technology development programs for improved animal welfare and productivity; projects on prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases; and the FFAR Vet Fellows student research program. His primary goal at FFAR was to leverage innovation for impact.
Prior to FFAR, he worked as a research scientist at the University of California, San Diego. In this post, he designed experimental protocols and new transgenic animal models, evaluated small molecule inhibitors and presented research findings to scientific and medical audiences.
Kurt is a recipient of awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Morris Animal Foundation and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Kurt studied veterinary medicine at Colorado State University, where in addition to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, he completed a doctorate on the determinants of susceptibility to cross-species infection. He spends his spare time outdoors, camping and fishing.