Dr. William J. Murphy wins JoAnn Treat Research Excellence Award
Posted December 15, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. William J. Murphy,
associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative
Biosciences of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, is this year's recipient of the
JoAnn Treat Research Excellence Award.
Established by The Board of Trustees of the Texas A&M
Research Foundation, the award is open to faculty at any of The
Texas A&M University System components. It recognizes
exceptional contribution to the faculty member's field of research,
administered through the Foundation, during the past five years.
The award is named in honor of JoAnn Treat, who served 19 years as
president of the Research Foundation before retiring in August
The Foundation announced the award at their annual
councilor/trustee fall meeting held on December 11, 2009. Murphy
received a $10,000 award and a commemorative plaque. He will also
have his name recorded on the JoAnn Treat commemorative glass vase
displayed in the Research Foundation lobby.
Murphy's main research interests are feline genomics and
mammalian phylogenetics. Specifically, his work is focused on
mapping and annotating the domestic cat genome and studying the Y
chromosome of cats and dogs.
"Mapping the feline genome will facilitate the identification of
genes involved in feline diseases and should have a major impact on
improving feline health," he said. "It will also enable the use of
the domestic cat as a model for human disease."
Murphy's research also focuses on mammalian phylogenetics and
"We are specifically seeking to understand the underlying
genetic and environmental changes that contribute to the
diversification and extinction of mammalian populations and
species," he said.
Murphy received his Ph.D. in biological sciences in 1997 from
Tulsa University. He completed his postdoctoral work at the
Laboratory of Genomic Diversity of the National Cancer Institute,
and worked as a senior scientist at NIH before joining Texas
A&M University in 2004.
He has published over seventy articles in peer-reviewed
journals, including Science and Nature. His lab
is funded by the National Science Foundation, USDA, Morris Animal
Foundation, AKC-Canine Health Foundation, Winn Feline Foundation,
The Snow Leopard Conservancy, and the National Geographic
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