Research & Diagnostics Team

Our experienced team is made up of a group of dedicated people with a shared common goal: Providing veterinarians and producers with best possible diagnostics & vaccine manufacturing quality and service.

Danielle McKewon

Danielle McKeown

Diagnostics Laboratory Manager

Danielle has spent 14 years in animal health and microbiology with 12 years working in research and development and as a molecular diagnostics scientist. She also has experience as a research analyst and operations manager. As the D-lab Manager, Danielle is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the diagnostics lab. She manages efforts in many different areas including: bacteriology, virology, molecular biology and more.

3 words Danielle uses to describe Cambridge: Experienced, Passionate, Versatile

“My favorite part about working for Cambridge Technologies is that we are a small, tight-knit company, which creates a sense of pride and ownership that you don’t often experience at larger companies.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

“I enjoy boating golfing walking my dogs (a German Short Hair named Bo and a Doberman named Dezi), and spending time with my husband and kids."

What is on your wish list for the next 10 years with Cambridge?

When producers or veterinarians think of the word autogenous, they think of Cambridge Technologies. And then they think about how relieved they are to already be using our product.

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Dr. Jie Park

Senior Research Scientist

Dr. Park received her DMV and PhD in South Korea before moving to the U.S. to further study human and animal vaccine development. She has previously worked as an assistant research scientist at Arizona State University and most recently as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Jie isolates porcine and bovine viruses from field samples and is involved in many research projects at Cambridge aimed at making better vaccines.

3 words that best describe Cambridge: Ambitious, Driven, and Passionate

“I like my co-workers. They are all nice, funny, and professionals in their own jobs. We have molecular diagnostic experts in PCR and metagenomic sequencing, bacteriologists, virologists, and molecular biologists. I am so excited about working with such technical professionals.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

"I would like to visit my friends living in different states or other countries."

What is your favorite line from a movie?

"After all, tomorrow is another day." - Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind

Lynette Demuth

Lynette Demuth

Laboratory Technician - Bacteriology

Lynette has 30 years of experience in bacteriology and R&D. During her career, Lynette has worked in diagnostics for both large multinational corporations and small independent companies. As a Bacteriologist, she works on many of the submissions that come into the diagnostic laboratory. She works a lot on aerobic and anaerobic culture and sensitivity as well as histology. Because of her years of experience and dedication to solving problems she has built long-lasting relationships with many veterinarians and feels personally invested in helping them.

3 words to describe Cambridge: Flexible, Responsive, Science

“I really enjoy the opportunity that presents itself each day. Because of our smaller size and the growth we are experiencing, there are opportunities every day to do something new, figure out a problem, and make a difference. I really feel that the work I do directly impacts Cambridge and the customer. And the people are great.”

Do you recall any embarassing moments at work?

“Passing out while working at the bench, falling off my lab chair and having to have Dr. Pfeifer drive me home."

Dr Ben Hause

Dr. Ben Hause

V.P. of R & D and Diagnostics

Dr. Hause spent five years working with Cargill Dow, LLC as a Research Scientist before joining Newport Laboratories as Director of Diagnostic Services. He comes to Cambridge Technologies from Kansas State University, where he was an Assistant Professor. Dr. Hause continues to hold adjunct faculty appointments at both Kansas State and South Dakota State Universities. He has authored more than 45 peer-reviewed publications, numerous patent applications, and has been granted five United States patents.

3 words that best describe Cambridge: Flexible, Innovative, and Creative

"The thing I enjoy most, is working closely with clients to diagnose disease and develop innovative solutions to problems.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

"Hunt."

What is the best vacation you've been on?

"Yearly elk hunt in MT."

Bonnie Fink

Bonnie Fink

Laboratory Technician

Bonnie joined Cambridge in 2017. She has held lab tech and lab supervisor positions in the past, but her work as a microbiologist at South Dakota State University is what drew her into the animal health field. As a Lab Tech, Bonnie is responsible for running qPCR tests and making sure tests results are submitted in a timely fashion.

3 words to describe Cambridge: Interesting, educational, challenging

“I enjoy working in animal health and being able to work independently, part of my focus is to manage my time very efficiently so I can get customers their results as quickly as possible.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

"I like to shop and relax."

Catherine-Smith

Cathe Smith

Laboratory Technician

Cathe joined Cambridge Technologies in 2017. She has a background in molecular biology, and past experience working with insect molecular genetics. In the Cambridge Diagnostics Laboratory Cathe performs a lot of next generation sequencing like metagenomics and multilocus sequence typing.

3 words that best describe Cambridge: Fun, Interesting, and Challenging

“I appreciate the good atmosphere here along with the chance to use my molecular biology experience, and opportunity to learn new things.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

"Watch bad and/or cheesy movies."

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

"Maintained a butterfly colony for a genetics lab as an undergrad."

Eric Baumgardner

Eric Baumgardner

Research Scientist

Eric has over 15 years of experience in the animal health Industry. Prior to working at Cambridge, he was a research scientist at Newport Laboratories. Before that, Eric spent 5 years working for Camas Inc., a company that manufactured chicken antibody-based feed additives for cattle and pigs. In high school, he also worked for a year at VMC labs in Worthington, MN.

3 words that best describe Cambridge: Innovative, Collaborative, and Disruptive

“I enjoy the opportunity to translate ideas into products and solutions for farmers and veterinarians. The rapid speed of innovation at Cambridge has been exciting.”

What do you like to do on your days off?

"More often than not, whenever I am not here I am at one of my kids’ hockey games, but I also like to hunt, camp, fish, hike, bike, and spend as much time outdoors as I can. I also really enjoy traveling."

What is the best vacation you've been on?

"My wife and I spent two weeks in England and Scotland for our honeymoon. That still ranks as the best vacation I've had the opportunity to take. We have also taken a couple of road trips out to Lake Placid, NY for hockey with our kids and those were a blast."

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