Genomics and Computation Biology
All animals pass genes and genetic material to future generations. This genetic information is a significant factor in determining individual and herd health and well-being. Faculty in the Genomics and Computational Biology research cluster discover important associations between genes and health or disease and use this information to improve the health and well-being of animals, including humans. Their investigations on the specific genes and whole genomes of birds, dogs, and horses have created valuable tools for comparative gene mapping and genome analysis. They are discovering how specific genes are regulated that contribute to metabolism, immune competence, nerve and muscle function, and aesthetic traits in birds and mammals.