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David Forgacs

David Forgacs

Advisor: Dr. Jim Derr

Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Veterinary Research Bldg. (1196) Rm. 226B

College Station , Texas 77843
Office Phone: (979) 862-3991


  1. B.S. in Integrative Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013


Entered program in 2013

Research Project:

My research project is to assist the National Park Service with the management of bison in Yellowstone National Park by analyzing mitochondrial haplotype diversity and tracking phylogeny.

Broader Impacts of Research Project:

The broader impact of my project is to help manage one of the last wild American bison herds in a genetically informed way.

Research Interests: 

population genetics, conservation, forensics, infectious diseases


  • Forgacs D, Wallen RL, Dobson LK, Derr JN. Mitochondrial Genome Analysis Reveals Historical Lineages in Yellowstone Bison. PLoS ONE. 2016;11(11):e016608.
  • Fredericks LP, Forgacs D, Yu J, Allan BF. An expanded reverse line blot hybridization protocol for the simultaneous detection of numerous tick-borne pathogens in North America. J Med Entomol. 2016 Jan 27; doi: 10.1093/jme/tjv251.
  • Agunbiade TA, Coates BS, Kim KS, Forgacs D, Margam VM, Murdock LL, et al. The spatial genetic differentiation of the legume pod borer, Maruca vitrata F. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) populations in West Africa. Bull Entomol Res. 2012;(102):589-599.

Platform Presentations: 

  • Genetics and Genomics Seminar Series (March 2016)
  • Ecological Integration Symposium (April 2016)
  • North American Congress for Conservation Biology (July 2016)


Memberships and Activities: 

  • GGSA Vice President (2016-17)
  • GGSA Recruitment Officer (2014-16)