research team

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research program



The GIAP group is comprised of 12 faculty from the Department of Animal Science, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Genome Center. All are members of the ABGG and IGG graduate programs, with most being members of both programs.

Faculty research is diverse, but the overall emphasis of this training program is the integration of genetic and genomic information to improve livestock production, an important area of national need. GIAP faculty conduct research within and across the overlapping focus areas of:

  1.  Reproduction, Development, Immunology, and Ecology
  2.  Population and Quantitative Genetics and Genomics
  3. Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Danika Bannasch

Danika Bannasch, PhD. The identification and characterization of naturally occurring equine inherited diseases.

Russ Hovey

Russ Hovey, PhD. The molecular and endocrine regulation of mammary gland growth and function as it relates to processes ranging from normal development and lactation.

Ian Korf

Ian Korf, PhD. Use of computational modeling, comparative genomics, and experimental molecular biology. Computational models of functional elements such as promoters, enhancers, exons, introns, etc.

Elizabeth Maga

Elizabeth Maga, PhD. Molecular mechanisms of expressing antimicrobials in the mammary gland of dairy animals.

Bernie May

Bernie May, PhD. Population and quantitative genomics in natural and aquacultural population.

Juan F. Medrano

Juan F. Medrano, PhD . Genetic improvement of the fatty acid composition of milk fat and cheese yield using genomic approach.

Michael R. Miller

Michael R. Miller, PhD. Quantitative genetics, genomics and bioinformatics analysis in salmonid.

James D. Murray

James D. Murray, PhD. Genetic engineering of mammals and horse genomics. manipulating the mammary gland to improve the properties of milk for human consumption.

Anita M. Oberbauer

Anita M. Oberbauer, PhD. The growth and development focusing on the skeleton in driving the relationship between skeletal size and body composition in farm animals.

Pablo Ross

Pablo Ross, PhD. Epigenetic mechanisms controlling early embryonic development and pluripotency using genomics and bioinformatics.

Alison L. Van Eenennaam

Alison L. Van Eenennaam, PhD. Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Program is to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems.

Huaijun Zhou

Huaijun Zhou, PhD. Disease resistance in poultry and host-pathogen interaction using genetic, genomic, and bioinformatics approaches .