Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics Laboratory
We are currently having a technical problem with our automated
microscope system and there will be a delay in chromosome
Nevertheless, we are accepting blood samples and cell lines for
karyotyping. We will culture and harvest the cells, and prepare
chromosome preparations. The latter will be stored until the
microscope problem is fixed and we can resume the analysis.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2017
The Cytogenetics Service lab will take a Holiday break from
December 20th, 2017 till January 6th, 2018.
During this time, we will not accept or process any samples.
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.
Type of Analyses Included in Service
- Karyotyping (with routine staining or G-banding of
- Molecular cytogenetic analysis using Fluorescence in situ
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)
- Dr. Terje Raudsepp, PI, Associate
- Dr. Sharmila Ghosh, Post Doctoral Research Associate
Fahad Alshanbari, PhD Student
Josefina Kjollerstrom, Ph.D Candidate
Matt Jevit, PhD Student