Brian Davis, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute, Cancer Genetics Branch
National Intsitutes of Health
50 South Dr, MSC 8000
Bethesda, MD USA 20892-8000
Brian Davis is an evolutionary geneticist and Fellow at the Cancer
Genetics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Insitute,
a department of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Davis began
his career as an undergraduate assembling the domestic cat genome
using radiation hybrid mapping. His Master's thesis involved redefining
the timing and evolutionary relationships of the cats within genus
Panthera. He pursued the mechanisms of reproductive isolation
between feline species by examining the genomics of hybrid male
sterility for his doctoral research, receiving his Ph.D. in 2013
from Texas A&M University. He currently uses comparative genomics
and transcriptomics within exotic and domestic species of felids,
canids, and equids to examine evidence of natural and artificial
selection; as well as determine the genetic mechanisms of morphological
traits, disease and cancer.
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology
M.S., Biomedical Science
Ph.D., Genetics — Texas A&M University, College
Jan Janecka, Ph.D.
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Dr. Janecka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological
Sciences at Duquesne. He also serves as an Associate of the Snow
Leopard Conservancy, Science Director of the Species Survival
Trust, and a member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group, the
Snow Leopard Network, and The Wildlife Society.
He received his B.S. degree in Biology from Cornell University.
He examined social structure and dispersal of bobcats for his
Masters in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at University of Vermont.
His Ph.D. dissertation from Texas A&M University examined
the effects of habitat fragmentation on the genetic diversity
of ocelots. For his post-doctoral research, Dr. Janecka studied
mammalian phylogenetics, patterns in the diversification of mammals,
speciation of colugos at Texas A&M University, population
structure of ocelot and mountain lions, and snow leopard conservation
genetics. As a faculty member of the Department of Biological
Science since January 2014, he established his Genomics Laboratory
and has taken on 2 PhD and 1 MS students. Currently, Dr. Janecka’s
lab is focusing on conservation genetics of snow leopards, tiger
genomics, bobcat genetics, cancer in tigers, the equine hindgut
microflora, and the horse Y chromosome. With his extensive experience
on microsatellite analysis of felids (over a dozen publications
using microsats), he is currently providing genetic testing of
exotic cats maintained by captive facilities.
Dr. Janecka is an established geneticist and conservation biologists
with over 40 peer-reviewed publications, in highly respected journals
including Science, Genome Research, and Molecular Ecology. He
has published three book chapters and given over 30 invited seminars.
He has conducted field expeditions, trained biologists, and taught
molecular techniques in numerous Asian Countries including Mongolia,
China, Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Dr. Janecka teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses at Duquesne University in Genetics and Bioinformatics.
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