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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
301-496-7029 Lab

Biographical Information

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.

Reseach Publications

2006
B.S., Genetics
B.S., Biochemistry
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology

2009
M.S., Biomedical Science

2013
Ph.D., Genetics — Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

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Jan Janecka, Ph.D.
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
412-396-5640

Biographical Information

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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