Professor and Associate Dean for Research Molly McCue

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College of Veterinary Medicine
Twin Cities
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Equine and Canine Genetics and Genomics

The equine genetics and genomics laboratory works on a variety of genome tools and disease-focused genomics projects in horses and dogs, and uses both species as a biomedical model. The group's current projects are:

  • Genetic basis of Equine Metabolic Syndrome
  • Identification of genetic polymorphisms in the Standardbred horse underlying osteochondrosis, gait (pace), performance, arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death; and exertional rhabdomyolysis
  • Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis in the Thoroughbred and Standardbred horse
  • Equine transcriptomics
  • Novel tools for the diagnosis of Mendelian genetic diseases in the horse
  • Development of an equine variant catalogue
  • Development of further resources to accelerate understanding of the link between genotype and phenotype
  • Discovering the genetic contribution (heritability) and the specific genes and alleles contributing to equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction
  • Discovering the genetic causes of diseases in Doberman dogs
  • Developing a genetic prediction assay for autism assistance dogs informed by family needs

Project Investigators

Dr. Juan Abrahante Llorens
Em Adam
Sam Beeson
Kendall Blanchard
Ashlee Claggett
Jonah Cullen
Lily Curlin
Kirsten Dimmler
Dr. Sian Durward-Akhurst
Ella Frake
Lauren Hughes
Gabrielle Ludivine
Jillian Marlowe
Professor and Associate Dean for Research Molly McCue
Elaine Norton
Emma Persoon
Adjunct Professor Aaron Rendahl
Kelsey Springer
Nicole Tate
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