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Danika Bannasch- BS, DVM, PhD
Population Health & Reproduction

260 CCAH
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 8728


Research Focus

The identification and characterization of naturally occurring large animal (equine and canine) models of human inherited diseases. 

Specialty Focus



1988 BS Genetics, University of California, Davis,
1994 PhD Molecular Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NewJersey
1998 DVM , University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2006-2007 Recipient, First Betty Garvin Memorial Speaker Award, Dalmatian Club of America, April 29

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Molecular characterization of novel loci for orofacial clefting using canine models, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Co-Investigator, Genetics of corneal endothelial dystrophy in the German Shorthaired Pointer., Murphy (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Co-Investigator, Cytogenetic characterization of feline meningiomas, Dickinson (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Principal Investigator, Genome Wide Association for myopia in the Labrador Retiever, Bannasch (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Principal Investigator, Genetic Analysis of Ectopic Ureters in Dogs, (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Co-Investigator, Genetics of corneal endothelial dystrophy in theBoston Terrier, Thomasy (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Principal Investigator, Investigating Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in Irish Setter Dogs, (Principal Investigator), Canine Health Foundation

Principal Investigator, Investigating Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in Weimaraner Dogs, (Principal Investigator), Canine Health Foundation

Principal Investigator, ACTG- Alliance of Canine Translational Genomics, (Principal Investigator), BGI_UCDavis

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2015 Cronin, MA, C├ínovas, A, Bannasch, DL, Oberbauer, AM, Medrano, JF Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) Variation of Wolves (Canis lupus) in Southeast Alaska and Comparison with Wolves, Dogs, and Coyotes in North America. The Journal of heredity,
  • Link Icon 2014 Vernau, K, Napoli, E, Wong, S, Ross-Inta, C, Cameron, J, Bannasch, D, Bollen, A, Dickinson, P, Giulivi, C Thiamine Deficiency-Mediated Brain Mitochondrial Pathology in Alaskan Huskies with Mutation in SLC19A3.1. Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland),
  • Link Icon 2014 Finno, CJ, Aleman, M, Higgins, RJ, Madigan, JE, Bannasch, DL Risk of false positive genetic associations in complex traits with underlying population structure: a case study. Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997),
  • Link Icon 2014 Wolf ZT, Leslie EJ, Arzi B, Jayashankar K, Karmi N, Jia Z, Rowland DJ, Young A, Safra N, Sliskovic S, Murray J, Wade C, Bannasch DL A LINE-1 insertion in DLX6 is responsible for cleft palate and mandibular abnormalities in a canine model of Pierre Robin Sequence PLoS Genetics,
  • Link Icon 2014 Finno C, Bannasch D Applied Equine Genetics Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2014 Westropp J, Johnson E, Fuller M, Safra N, Bannasch D Urate urolithiasis and hyperuricosuria in a Weimaraner, secondary to the SLC2A9 transporter defect Veterinary Record Case Report,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pemberton TJ, Choi S, Mayer JA, Li FY, Gokey N, Svaren J, Safra N, Bannasch DL, Sullivan K, Breuhaus B, Patel PI, Duncan ID A mutation in the canine gene encoding folliculin-interacting protein 2 (FNIP2) associated with a unique disruption in spinal cord myelination. Glia,
  • Link Icon 2013 Safra N, Bassuk AG, Ferguson PJ, Aguilar M, Coulson RL, Thomas N, Hitchens PL, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Wolf ZT, Bannasch DL. Genome-wide association mapping in dogs enables identification of the homeobox gene, NKX2-8, as a genetic component of neural tube defects in humans. PLoS Genetics,
  • Link Icon 2013 Bellumori TP, Famula TR, Bannasch DL, Belanger JM, Oberbauer AM Prevalence of inherited disorders among mixed-breed and purebred dogs: 27,254 cases (1995-2010). J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2013 Safra N, Johnson EG, Lit L, Foreman O, Wolf ZT, Aguilar M, Karmi N, Finno CJ, Bannasch DL Clinical manifestations, response to treatment, and clinical outcome for Weimaraners with hypertrophic osteodystrophy: 53 cases (2009-2011). J Am Vet Med Assoc,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2013 Bannasch D, Finno C: Genetic Tests for large Animals, , Large Animal Internal Medicine, 5th edition. .

2013 Young AE, White SD, Bannasch DL: Genomics of Skin Disorders, Chowdhary, (ed), Equine genomics, Ames. .

2007 Bannasch D: Chapter 52: Genetic testing, Smith BP (Part Seven Section Editor), (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 4th edition. .

2007 Bannasch D, White S: HERDA (Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia) or hyperelastosis cutis, Robinson E, Sprayberry K, (ed), Robinson: Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 6th edition. .

2006 Young A, Bannasch D: Chapter 3: Morphological variation in the dog, , The Dog and its Genome. .