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Canine And Equine Genetics Laboratory

Mission Statement  

Our interdisciplinary team is working to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of inherited neuromuscular, neurological, and metabolic disorders of companion animal species. 


Our laboratory focuses on the genetics and genomics of heritable disorders of dogs and horses. This includes: molecular and physiological basis for inherited equine exertional myopathies and metabolic disorders; molecular and physiological basis for inherited neuromuscular, neurological, and metabolic diseases in various dog breeds; and development of genetic linkage, physical, and comparative maps of the horse genome, with development and acquisition of SNP mapping tools in both species, to enable the above studies to be successful. 

Lab Members

Kari Ekenstedt, DVM, PhD
Eva Furrow, VMD, PhD, Dip ACVIM
James Mickelson, PhD 
Molly McCue, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVIM
Edward (Ned) Patterson, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVIM 
Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dip ACVIM 
Aaron Rendahl, PhD
Samantha Beeson
Ann Kemper, DVM
Elaine Norton, DVM
Nichol Schultz, DVM
Raffaella Teixeira, DVM
Katie Minor, RN
Nicole Tate 

Contact Us

164 AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-624-5322
Fax:    612-625-0204

E-mail us


Related Links

  Canine Research


   Equine Research

  • Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)
  • Gray Horse Melanoma
  • Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM), Type 1
  • Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM), Type 2
  • Recurrent Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (RER)
  • Osteochondrosis (OCD)

Visit the Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory for more information on our Equine research.



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