Andres Perez, DVM, Ph.D., has been selected as the Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota, university officials announced.
At the university, Perez has been involved in MN Drive research projects and has been successful in addressing global challenges in infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, bovine tuberculosis, and porcine epidemic diarrhea viral disease, according to a news release.
The Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety will engage individuals and organizations in the integration and dissemination of knowledge that promotes innovative, responsible and effective solutions to animal health and food safety challenges at local, national and global levels, the release said.
Prior to his appointment at the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, Perez directed the University of California-Davis Center for Animal Disease Modeling and Surveillance and has served as committee member or advisor for more than 20 MsSc and Ph.D. students. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
“I am honored to be in a position to contribute to the health of the state’s human and animal populations and to the support the efforts of public and private partners working to promote economic and social development and the reduction of poverty and hunger on a global scale," Perez said.
Tom Molitor, Ph.D, chair of the Veterinary Population Medicine department, said Perez brings unique skills and experience on the application of quantitative epidemiology methods to the prevention and control of infectious diseases in animals and humans.
“Dr. Perez’s knowledge, skills, passion for global outreach and his ability to engage individuals and organizations working globally and across borders," Molitor said. "He will be a tremendous asset to the University of Minnesota."