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Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics Laboratory


We seek to understand the genomic and cellular factors that contribute to devastating diseases, genetic disorders, and important traits in domestic and wild animals.


The Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics Laboratory at Texas A&M University serves three primary roles: (1) Conduct diverse research initiatives in cytogenetics, genomics, and functional genetics focusing on diseases, important phenotypes of domestic animals and conservation genetics of endangered species. (2) Educate and train undergraduate and graduate students, visiting scientists, and veterinarians. (3) Perform a wide range of cytogenetic, molecular, and DNA-based testing for clinical and research facilities, private companies, veterinarians, breeders, and animal owners. For chromosome analysis we use both traditional and state-of-the-art techniques, and carry out tests for all domestic animals and a broad range of wild species. Analyses are done either for a fee or on a collaborative basis.

Services Available:

Type of Analyses Included in Service

  • Karyotyping (with routine staining or G-banding of chromosomes)
  • Molecular cytogenetic analysis using Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH)
  • DNA sequencing using BigDye chemistry and capillary technology (ABI 3730)
  • Genotyping (ABI 3730).

Services that will be available in the near future:

  • Species identification of carnivore scat
  • Individual and gender identification of scats for select species (including snow leopard, tiger, jaguar, lion, leopard, ocelot, bobcat, mountain lion)



Felipe Avila, PhD Candidate

Sharmila Gosh, PhD Student

Alexandra Trott, PhD Student

Daisy Johnson, M.S. Student

Sara Carney, Undergraduate student

Amy Jackson, Undergraduate student

Aaron Wang, Undergraduate student

Emilee Larkin, DVM student