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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)

Introduction

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.

FY 09-10 Funding Statistics

Proposed Grants:39
Funded Grants:12
Total Funding:$1,779,644

Faculty

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Ph.D. Texas A&M University
M.S. Abilene Christian University
B.S. Abilene Christian University
Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, London University, U.K. 1981
B.Sc. Microbiology, London University, UK 1976
Professor (Joint Appointment) and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Genetics, University of Oklahoma 1982
M.S. Zoology, North Texas State University 1975
B.S. Zoology, North Texas State University 1973
Clinical Professor
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Ph.D. Zoology/Statistics, Oregon State University 1978
Professor
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Ph.D. Biological Science, Tulsa University 1997
B.S. Biological Sciences, Illinois State University 1992
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Toxicology, Texas A&M University 1996
B.S. Genetics, Texas A&M University 1991
Associate Professor
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B.V.Sc. Madras University, India
Ph.D. New York University
FACMG Columbia University, New York
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Florida 1988
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 1984
Associate 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
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Disease Genetics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden 1991
M.V.Sc. Animal Breeding & Genetics, College of Vet & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, India 1980
BVSc&AH Veterinary Degree, College of Vet & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, India 1978
Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 1988
M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University 1986
V.M.D University of Pennsylvania 1983
Professor & Associate Department Head for Research and Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1994
D.V.M. University of Missouri 1984
B.S. University of Missouri 1980
Associate Professor
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Diplomate ACVM (Immunology), American College of Veterinary Microbiologists 2012
Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 2005
Dr.med.vet Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary University of Vienna 2003
med. vet. Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary University of Vienna 1997
Clinical Assistant 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
Assistant Professor
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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
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
Professor
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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
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Ph.D. Genetics, Oregon State University 1968
B.S. Mathematics Education, Abilene Christian College 1964
Distinguished Professor
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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
Professor
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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
Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 1994
M.S. Immunology, University of Nebraska 1976
B.A. Biological Science, Winthrop College 1974
Research Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Medical Science, Texas A&M University 1975
M.S. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 1973
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University 1961
B.S. Biology, Colorado State University 1959
Professor
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Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Physiology of Reproduct, Texas A&M University 1966
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, 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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Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary and Animal Science, University of Massachusetts 1996
M.S Animal Science, University of Missouri 1989
Associate Professor
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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
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2003
B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M University 1999
Assistant Professor
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B.A. Math & Political Sci, Rice University
M.A. Religious Studies, Stanford University
Ph.D. Bioch. Mol. Cell Biology, Cornell University

Associate Professor-Joint Appointment
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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
Assistant Professor
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Postdoc non-coding RNA, hematopoiesis, Whitehead Institue/MIT 2009
Ph.D Molecular and Cell Biology/Reproductive Biology, Northwestern University 2004
M.S Molecular and Cell Biology, Peking University 1999
Assistant 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
Associate Professor - Joint Appointment
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Post-doc. Population Genomics, Stanford University 2010
Ph.D. Computational Genomics, University of Hong Kong 2006
M.S. Biotechnology, University of New South Wales 2001
Assistant 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
Assistant Professor
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Residency Reproduction & Medicine, University of Florida 2009
Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 2008
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Chile 1993
Assistant Professor-Joint Appointment
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M.D. University of Pennsylvania 1959
B.A. Lehigh University 1955
Research Professor