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Cole McQueen

Graduated with a Ph.D. in Genetics, December 2015

Advisor: Dr. Noah Cohen

Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Biography:

Entered program in 2012

Research Project:

Rhodoccus equi pneumonia is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in foals.  The goal of my research is to identify genetic associtations with disease in hopes of further understanding the critical biological pathways and processes involved in this disease.  I have utilized genoma wide association studies and RNA-sequeucing studies to better understand the link between exposure, onset, and severity of diease in foals.    

Broader Impacts of Research Project: 

Investigation of the underlying genetic components of disease susceptibility and resistance is extremely important.  Understanding the underlying genetic components will facilitate enhanced therapeutic and prevention techniques which will in the future be critical to preventing the development of antibiotic resistance.