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Meet the Team

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J. Michael Drozd,
President

BSE in Electrical Engineering and Economics, Duke University; M.S. in Optical Engineering, Cambridge University; M.S. in Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University; Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Duke University. Michael’s diverse career includes serving as the President and CEO of Aseptia/Wright Foods, Executive Vice-President of CoalTek, President, and CEO of Industrial Microwave Systems, and Associate at Decision Focus Inc.

Craig Nelson,
Vice President

Certified Crop Advisor, CCA. B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University, M.S. in Agronomy from the University of Kentucky. Craig’s career includes management positions within QA and various agronomy positions at Agrigenetics and Mycogen Seeds. He joined BioDiagnostics in 2002, currently, he is responsible for EBDI's marketing and client services efforts.

Farhad Ghavami,
Chief Science Officer

BSc. in Agronomy and Plant Breeding, University of Tehran; MSc in Plant Breeding, Isfahan University of Technology; Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Genetics; University of Tehran. Farhad has over ten years of post-Ph.D. experience working on plant molecular biology, plant genomics, transcriptomics, quantitative genetics and also molecular breeding. He was an assistant professor at North Dakota State University, and a senior research associate at the University of Minnesota and managed the molecular breeding and genomics technology department at EBDI prior to his current position.

Elizabeth Blotevogel,
DNA Lab Supervisor

B.S in Rangeland Ecology, Colorado State University M.S in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Colorado State University. Elizabeth's diverse career has included work with international, environmental, and agricultural companies. For the past seven years she has worked for the Eurofins STA DNA Lab, in 2016 she was promoted to DNA Lab Supervisor.

Darcey Rodewald,
Client Services & Sample Receiving Manager

B.S. in History, University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Darcey joined BioDiagnostics in 2001. Her responsibilities include inside sales, sample receiving, and customer service. Darcey has been serving the seed industry in a customer service capacity for over 20 years. In her current role, Darcey works on building lasting customer relations with clients and introducing customers to streamlining tools and test packages.

 

Brent Bouzek,
Business Development Manager

B.S. in Biology, University of South Dakota; M.S. in Management/Organizational Leadership, Colorado State University. Brent’s diverse career includes food safety research and management at Marshfield Food Safety and Leprino Foods; as well as supporting the Food, Plant, and Animal biotech markets as a Business Development Manager for Qiagen, Inc.

Micah Wells,
Business Development Manager

B.S. in Range Management and Crop and Soil Science, Oregon State University; M.S. in Ecology, Oregon State University. Micah has devoted his career to advocating for the advancement of the industry and over a decade of experience in livestock nutrition. Most recently serving as a sales director for beef genomics, he also has experience as a lobbyist for a state cattlemen’s association, the Department of Agriculture, and dairy, swine, and poultry housing ventilation and design.

Brittany Barrick,
Animal Sales Specialist

B.S. in Animal Science – California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Brittany has over six years of experience in the animal agriculture industry. First, as a sales representative for Elanco Animal Health within the dairy division and more recently as Director of DNA testing and genetic services for beef breed association – North American Limousin Foundation. She joined Eurofins BioDiagnostics in 2017 to support the Business Development team; including technical support, client services, operations, and marketing.