Danika Bannasch Genetics Lab

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Dr. Danika Bannasch focuses her research on the identification of molecular causes for inherited diseases in dogs and horses. Her laboratory has identified the DNA changes responsible for lethal white foal syndrome, hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia, hyperuricosuria, juvenile Addison’s disease, Alaskan husky encephalopathy, cleft palate, cleft lip and palate, and spinal dysraphism. Important research findings have also led to novel animal models for corresponding human diseases. By studying naturally occurring diseases in animals, the Bannasch Laboratory is discovering a triad of significant advances: the development of diagnostic tests to aid animal breeders; the identification of novel genes and pathways as candidates for human disease; and an understanding of basic molecular mechanisms of disease.

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Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD

Professor, Population Health & Reproduction

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Miriam Aguilar, BS

Lab Manager

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Emily Brown, BS

VSTP Student

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Brittany Dalley, BS, MS


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Katherine Lucot, MS, PhD


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Ann Strom


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Courtney Korff

DVM Student

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Kristen Alldredge

DVM Student

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Elisa Palacios

Undergraduate Student