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Rebecca Renee Bellone
Associate Adjunct Professor
Population Health & Reproduction

+1 530 752 9299
rbellone@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

My research interests involve investigating the genetics of traits in the horse that are economically and medically important and are useful models for other species. I am currently investigating the genetics of several pigmentation phenotypes and ocular disorders; among these are the second most common tumor in the horse, limbal squamous cell carcinoma as well as the most common cause of blindness in horses, equine recurrent uveitis. The primary goal of my research program is to develop tools that will assist animal breeders in making informed mating decisions and assist clinicians in identifying horses who are at risk for ocular disorders enabling earlier detection and better prognosis.

Specialty Focus

Genetics

Education

1996 BS , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2001 PhD Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, The Role of LP in Equine Recurrent Uveitis and the Ocular and Dermatologic Effects of Tyrosine Supplementation in Appaloosa Horses, Bauer B (Principal Investigator), Saskatchewan Equine Health Research Fund

Principal Investigator, Leopard complex spotting in horses as a model for human vitiligo, (Principal Investigator), Academic Federation Research Grant Program Innovative Development Award

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Identification of long non-coding RNA in the horse transcriptome 2017 Scott EY, Mansour T, Bellone RR, Brown CT, Mienaltowski MJ, Penedo MC, Ross PJ, Valberg SJ, Murray JD, Finno CJ Identification of long non-coding RNA in the horse transcriptome BMC Genomics,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: A missense mutation in damage-specific DNA binding protein 2 is a genetic risk factor for limbal squamous cell carcinoma in horses 2017 Bellone RR, Liu J, Petersen JL, Mack M, Singer-Berk M, Drögemüller C, Malvick J, Wallner B, Brem G, Penedo MC, Lassaline M A missense mutation in damage-specific DNA binding protein 2 is a genetic risk factor for limbal squamous cell carcinoma in horses Int J Cancer,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Tissue resolved, gene structure refined equine transcriptome 2017 Mansour TA, Scott EY, Finno CJ, Bellone RR, Mienaltowski MJ, Penedo MC, Ross PJ, Valberg SJ, Murray JD, Brown CT Tissue resolved, gene structure refined equine transcriptome BMC Genomics,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: GO-FAANG meeting: A gathering on functional annotation of animal genomes 2016 Tuggle CK, Giuffra E, White SN, Clarke L, Zhou H, Ross PJ, Acloque H, Reecy JM, Archibald A, Bellone RR, Boichard M, Chamberlain A, Cheng H, Crooijmans RP, Delany ME, Finno CJ, Groenen MA, Hayes B, Lunney JK, Petersen JL, Plastow GS, Schmidt CJ, Song J, Watson M GO-FAANG meeting: A gathering on functional annotation of animal genomes Anim Genet,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Morphological variation in gaited horse breeds 2016 Staiger EA, Bellone RR, Sutter NB, Brooks SA Morphological variation in gaited horse breeds J Equine Vet Sci,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Redundant contribution of a Transient Receptor Potential cation channel Member 1 exon 11 single nucleotide polymorphism to equine congenital stationary night blindness. 2016 Scott ML, John EE, Bellone RR, Ching JC, Loewen ME, Sandmeyer LS, Grahn BH, Forsyth GW Redundant contribution of a Transient Receptor Potential cation channel Member 1 exon 11 single nucleotide polymorphism to equine congenital stationary night blindness. BMC Vet Res,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Variant in the RFWD3 gene associated with PATN1, a modifier of leopard complex spotting 2015 Holl HM, Brooks SA, Archer S, Brown K, Malvick J, Penedo MCT, Bellone RR Variant in the RFWD3 gene associated with PATN1, a modifier of leopard complex spotting Anim Genet,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflinger horses. 2015 Lassaline M, Cranford TL, Latimer CA, Bellone RR Limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflinger horses. Vet Ophthalmol ,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Twenty-five thousand years of fluctuating selection on leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness in horses 2015 Ludwig A, Reissmann M, Benecke N, Bellone R, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Cieslak M, Fortes GG, Morales-Muñiz A, Hofreiter M, Pruvost M Twenty-five thousand years of fluctuating selection on leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness in horses Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci,
  • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Genetic risk factors for insidious equine recurrent uveitis in Appaloosa horses. 2014 Fritz KL, Kaese HJ, Valberg SJ, Hendrickson JA, Rendahl AK, Bellone RR, Dynes KM, Wagner ML, Lucio MA, Cuomo FM, Brinkmeyer-Langford CL, Skow LC, Mickelson JR, Rutherford MS, McCue ME Genetic risk factors for insidious equine recurrent uveitis in Appaloosa horses. Anim Genet,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2016 Sandmeyer L, Bellone RR: Chapter 13: Inherited ocular disorders, Gilger B, (ed), Equine Ophthalmology, Third Edition , Ames, IA. 545-566.

2013 Brooks SA, Bellone RR: Chapter 9: Coat color genomics, Chowdhary B, (ed), Equine Genomics, Ames, IA. 143-53.

2009 Sponenberg DP, Archer S, Bellone RR: Patterns of white with symmetric white patches: The Leopard Complex, Sponenberg DP, (ed), Equine Color Genetics, 3rd Edition, Ames, IA. 110-21.