Dr. Tim Kurt has been fascinated with biology and the natural world from a young age, which led him to pursue a career in the veterinary sciences and work with a wide range of animal species. He is the scientific program director for Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Advanced Animal Systems Challenge Area, a position he has held since October 2016.
At FFAR, Kurt builds multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives to address significant challenges. His portfolio includes 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 is 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.