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Dr. Alfonso Clavijo Named Director of USDA National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Contact: Sandra Avant

MANHATTAN, KANSAS, October 1, 2019—Dr. Alfonso Clavijo has been appointed as Director of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a state-of-the-art U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research and diagnostic facility designed to protect the nation's agricultural systems and stakeholders against the threat and potential impact of serious animal diseases.

"Dr. Clavijo brings with him a wealth of technical knowledge in the diagnosis of transboundary, emerging and zoonotic diseases," said Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator for USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS). "As NBAF's first permanent director, his extensive leadership experience will be a great asset in helping NBAF achieve its vision of being a national asset that protects U.S. agriculture and consumers through cutting-edge research, diagnostics, training, and development of vaccines and other countermeasures."

ARS partners with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to operate NBAF. The facility is currently under construction by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with commissioning scheduled for completion in 2021.  >> Read Full Press Release on ARS website




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