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.
Rebecca Renee Bellone
1996, BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2001, PhD, 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, Genomic Investigation of Equine Recurrent Uveitis in Appaloosa Horses, (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation
Co-Principal Investigator, Unraveling complex traits by defining genome function (Part I), Co-PIs: Finno C, Petersen J (Principal Investigator), Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation
Co-Principal Investigator, Secrets in the bones: how functional genomics will broaden our understanding of catastrophic breakdown in racehorses , Drs. Finno and Hamilton (Principal Investigator), University of Sydney – UC, Davis Priority Partnership Collaboration Awards Program
Principal Investigator, Investigating a non-synonymous mutation in damage specific DNA binding protein 2 as a genetic risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma in multiple horse breeds , (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UC-Davis
Principal Investigator, Investigating Genetic Risk Loci for Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UC-Davis
Principal Investigator, Genetic Investigation of Bilateral Corneal Stromal Loss in Friesian Horses, (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation
Principal Investigator, Investigating the Genetics of Equine Recurrent Uveitis in Warmblood horses, (Principal Investigator), Gift
Co-Principal Investigator, Akita Sebaceous Adenitis Project , Grahn (Principal Investigator), Gift
Most Recent Five 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.