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Biomedical Genomics

Program Overview

Biomedical Genomics

The program in biomedical genomics strives for excellence in newly evolving areas of animal genomics and proteomics. The aim is to:

  • improve understanding of molecular mechanisms controlling or affecting disease manifestation, disease susceptibility and resistance, diagnostics, prevention and treatment;
  • improve animal health, reproduction and welfare;
  • train students in classical and cutting edge genomics approaches;
  • provide student and postdoc access to a highly trained interdisciplinary team in animal genomics.

Research emphasis areas

  • Mammalian genomics (all participants)
  • Comparative genomics (all participants)
  • Population genomics (Cai, Cothran, Derr, Janecka, Murphy, Samollow, Seabury)
  • Conservation genomics (Cothran, Derr, Janecka, Murphy)
  • Phylogenomics and genome evolution (Cai, Janecka, Murphy, Samollow,)
  • Immunogenomics (Criscitiello, Skow, Seabury, Womack)
  • Functional genomics (Chowdhary, Raudsepp, Murphy, Samollow, Riggs)
  • Mammalian disease genomics (Chowdhary, Cothran, Derr, Janecka, Seabury, Skow, Womack)
  • Genomics of sex and reproduction (Chowdhary, Murphy, Raudsepp)
  • Computational genomics (Cai, Murphy, Seabury)
  • Epigenomics (Dindot, Samollow)
  • Disease proteomics (Chowdhary)


Biomedical Genomics

Genomics is a key and rapidly evolving research discipline that continuously elucidates new dimensions within the dynamic structure of modern biomedicine. The animal genomics research community has witnessed an astonishing expansion and diversification throughout the past decade. Completion of the human and mouse genome sequences sparked enormous interest in the annotation of these genomes through a series of detailed comparative analyses. As a result, genome sequences are now available for nearly all major mammalian companion and livestock species, including cattle, pig, dog, horse, cat, alpaca and chicken, as well as biomedical models such as the rat, rabbit, opossum, shark and Xenopus genomes. Rapid methodological and computational advancements afforded by genome sequence data are providing the means for new areas of research that could barely be imagined just a few years ago. The study and analysis of animal genomes continuously provides new technologies to better understand phenotypes of biomedical and economic importance in these species, while at the same time informing human biology.


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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2006
Research Assistant Professor
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B.S. Abilene Christian University
M.S. Abilene Christian University
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, London University, U.K. 1981
B.Sc. Microbiology, London University, UK 1976
Professor and Interim Department Head of VIBS
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Ph.D. Zoology/Statistics, Oregon State University 1978
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Biological Science, Tulsa University 1997
B.S. Biological Sciences, Illinois State University 1992
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Ph.D. Toxicology, Texas A&M University 1996
B.S. Genetics, Texas A&M University 1991
Professor-Joint Appointment
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FACMG Columbia University, New York
Ph.D. New York University
B.V.Sc. Madras University, India
Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Florida 1988
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 1984
Professor - Joint Appointment
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Ph.D molecular genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences 1999
M.S. genetics and cytology, Tartu University, Tartu, Estonia 1982
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Diplomate ACVM (Immunology), American College of Veterinary Microbiologists 2012
Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 2005 Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary University of Vienna 2003
med. vet. Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary University of Vienna 1997
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami 2003
M.S. Molecular Biology, East Carolina University 1997
B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina 1993
Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Veterinary Pathology, Texas A&M University 1968
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine (cum laude), Texas A&M University 1964
B.S. Animal Science (cum laude), Texas A&M University 1963
A.S. Biology, Tarleton State University 1961
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Comparative Pathology, University of Missouri, Columbia 1979
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1974
B.S. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1973
B.A. Zoology, University of Texas, Austin 1971
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, Columbia University 1980
M.Phil. Biochemistry, Columbia University 1976
M.S. Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1973
B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1972
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Ph.D. Experimental Pathology, Michigan State University 1984
M.S. Veterinary Pathobiology, Ohio State University 1981
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Agronomy, Yassy, Romania 1966
Professor Emeritus
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Ph.D. Genetics, Oregon State University 1968
B.S. Mathematics Education, Abilene Christian College 1964
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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Ph.D. Parasitology, University of Georgia 1993
M.S. Zoology and Parasitology, Zhejiang (formerly Hangzhou) University, China 1986
B.S. Biology, Zhejiang (formerly Hangzhou) University, China 1983
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Ph.D. Immunology, University of Cambridge, England 1969
B.Sc. Pathology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1966
B.V.M.& S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1965
Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 1990
M.S. Zoology, Sul Ross State University 1982
B.S. Biology, Cameron University 1980
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Ph.D. Texas A&M University
D.V.M. Texas A&M University
Clinical Associate Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1966
Ph.D. Physiology of Reproduct, Texas A&M University 1966
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1965
M.S. Physiology of Reproduction, Texas A&M University 1960
B.S. Animal Husbandry, University of Wisconsin 1955
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts 1996
M.S Animal Science, University of Missouri 1989
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Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2004
M.S. Biology, Sul Ross State University 2000
B.S. Zoology, Sul Ross State University 1997
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2003
B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University 1999
Associate Professor
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BS Zoology, Miami University
PhD Texas A&M University
Assistant Professor
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Postdoc Epigenetics, Childrens Health Research Institute - UWO 2009
Postdoc RNA Interference, Cold Spring Harbor Labs 2006
Ph.D. Veterinary Physiology, Texas A&M University 2003
BSc. Molecular Genetics, University of Western Ontario 2000
Associate Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude), Texas A&M University 2001
Ph.D. Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University 1999
A.B. Biology, Brown University 1989
Professor - Joint Appointment
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Post-doc. Population Genomics, Stanford University 2010
Ph.D. Genomics, University of Hong Kong 2006
M.S. Biotechnology, University of New South Wales 2001
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Physiology, Harbin Medical University 2001
M.S. Pathophysiology, Harbin Medical University 1997
B.S. Clinical Medicine, Binzhou Medical College 1994
Associate Professor
Research Assistant Professor
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PhD Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University 1999
MVSc Parasitology, University of Liverpool 1993
BVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia 1990
Professor & Associate Department Head for Research & Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Evolutionary Genetics, Indiana University - Bloomington 2004
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Rochester 1993
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor