Functional Genomics & Bioinfomatics

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Faculty Members

Visit a faculty member’s profile page for more information about particular research programs:

  • Cibelli, Jose - cellular reprogramming, nuclear transfer, embryonic stem cells
  • Coussens, Paul - molecular pathogenesis, immunobiology, functional genomics
  • Ernst, Cathy - swine and bovine molecular genetics, growth biology, meat science
  • Latham, Keith - embryo development
  • Smith, George - reproduction, ovarian function, stress physiology, functional genomics
  • Steibel, Juan - quantitative genetics, statistical genomics, pig breeding
  • Templeman, Robert - biometry, livestock genetic evaluation, functional genomics
  • Weber Nielsen, Miriam - dairy nutrition, endocrinology, mammary physiology

Research Areas

  • Molecular events that lead to the transformation of a somatic nucleus into an embryonic-pluripotent one.
  • Learning how to produce embryonic stem cells without having to rely on eggs.
  • Nature, cause, and host response to infectious diseases in livestock species. Work often has biomedical implications, as well as relevance to animal health.
  • Identify and evaluate molecular markers and genes for the genetic improvement of pigs and beef cattle with emphasis on performance traits, carcass composition and meat quality.
  • Fundamental mechanisms that regulate ovarian function in farm animals and the physiological and neuroendocrine mechanisms involved in regulation of the stress response.
  • Development and application of hierarchical statistical models to inferential problems in animal breeding and genetics.
  • Hormonal and nutritional factors that regulate growth and development of the bovine mammary gland.

Center for Animal Functional Genomics (CAFG)

Paul M. Coussens, Director. The CAFG houses equipment and resources for application of functional genomics to problems in livestock, companion animals, and aquatic species. High-throughput laboratory robotics are used to help create genomic resources and cDNA microarrays for species under study. The CAFG is fully equipped to process and image cDNA and oligonucleotide microarrays. Faculty, students, and staff within the Department of Animal Science have the opportunity to work within the CAFG and assist with creation of unique cDNA microarrays or utilize existing resources. In addition to microarray capability, the CAFG houses instruments for quantitative real-time RT-PCR. These instruments are available to faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Animal Science as well as other departments on campus. GenePix Pro 6.0 software is available in the center for spot alignment. Acuity software is also in the CAFG to help with microarray analysis.