Genetics and Genomics

The genetics and genomics group in the Department of Animal Science maintains two major areas of activities: quantitative genetics and functional genomics.

Students can select to major in Animal Science and focus their coursework and research project in the genetics and/or genomics area. Alternatively, students can choose to pursue a major in Animal Science with a co-major in Genetics or Functional Genomics. In this case, both the major and co-major programs will be designated on the student’s graduate transcript.

Students pursuing research in genetics and genomics use a variety of animal models including beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine and mice in their thesis projects.

Animal Science faculty working in quantitative genetics:

  • Dr. Todd See
  • Dr. Mark Knauer
  • Dr. Christian Maltecca
  • Dr. Nick Serao

 

Animal Science faculty working in functional genomics:

  • Dr. Melissa¬†Merrill
  • Dr. Charlotte Farin
  • Dr. H. C. Liu
  • Dr. Bob Petters

 

Sample graduate plans of work for Animal Science majors working in the genetics/genomics area:

Example MS Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title Credits Semester
BCH 701 Macromolecular Structure
3
Fall 2009
GN 810G Special Topics in Genetics
3
Fall 2009
GN 820E Special Problems
1
Fall 2009
ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Biol. Sci. I
3
Fall 2009
ANS 571 Regulation of Metabolism
3
Spring 2010
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
2
Spring 2010
ANS 693 MS Supervised Research
3
Spring 2010
NTR 601 Nutrition Seminar
1
Spring 2010
BCH 703 Macromolecular Synthesis & Reg.
3
Fall 2010
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Fall 2010
BCH 590M Special Topics in Biochemistry
3
Fall 2010
ST 590A Special Topics
3
Fall 2010
BCH 705 Molecular Biology of the Cell
3
Spring 2011
ST 635 Readings
1
Spring 2011
ANS 695 MS Thesis Research
3
Spring 2011
MS Degree Awarded
38
Spring 2011

 

Example PhD Plan of Work

Course No. Course Title Credits Semester
GN 701 Molecular Genetics
1
Fall 2009
ST 511 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci I
3
Fall 2009
ANS 693 MS Supervised Research
3
Fall 2009
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
2
Fall 2009
GN 702 Cellular & Developmental Genetics
1
Spring 2010
GN 703 Population & Quantitative Genetics
1
Spring 2010
GN 708 Genetics of Animal Improvement
3
Spring 2010
GN 810 Special Topics in Genetics
1
Spring 2010
ST 512 Experimental Statistics for Bio Sci II
3
Spring 2010
ANS 571 Regulation of Metabolism
3
Fall 2010
ST 521 Statistical Theory I
3
Fall 2010
GN 713 Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
3
Fall 2010
BIT 510 Core Technologies
4
Sping 2011
ANS 520 Livestock Prod in Warm Climates
3
Spring 2011
ANS 685 MS Supervised Teaching
1
Spring 2011
ANS 604 Animal Breeding & Genetics Sem
1
Spring 2011
MS Degree Awarded
36
Spring 2011
BIT 595 Special Topics
2
Fall 2011
ANS 804 Animal Breeding & Genetics Sem
1
Fal 2011
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
3
Fall 2011
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
3
Fall 2011
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
3
Spring 2012
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
3
Spring 2012
ST 522 Linear Models & Var Components
3
Spring 2012
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
2
Fall 2012
ANS 780 Mammalian Endocrinology
3
Fall 2012
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
4
Fall 2012
ANS 804 Animal Breeding & Genetics Sem
1
Spring 2013
ANS 885 PhD Supervised Teaching
2
Spring 2013
ANS 893 PhD Supervised Research
3
Spring 2013
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
3
Spring 2013
ST 711 Design of Experiments
3
Fall 2013
ANS 804 Animal Breeding & Genetics Sem
1
Fall 2 013
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
5
Fall 2013
ANS 895 PhD Dissertation Research
3
Spring 2013
PhD Degree Awarded
74
Spring 2013

 

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