Program in Genomics



  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and graduate and post-graduate research opportunities.
  • Examine genetic diversity as it relates to differential survivorship and virulence.
  • Identify mechanisms responsible for generating genetic diversity.
  • Develop new tools for diagnostics and strategies for pathogen control and intervention


Program Accomplishments

  • Whole genome comparative analysis of Anaplasma marginale strains
  • Genome sequences for attenuated and virulent strains of Babesia bovis
  • Genome sequences for ruminant pathogens Mannheimia haemolytica and Bibersteinia trehalosi
  • Genome sequence for Theileria equi
  • Optical mapping of EHEC genotypes
  • Development of machine-learning algorithms to identify effector proteins
  • Development of machine-learning algorithms to identify apicoplast-targetted proteins
  • Shot-gun sequencing to identify antibiotic resistance genes
  • Microarray analyses of arthropod vector gene expression
  • Microbiome analyses of arthropod vectors
  • Microbiome analyses of Kenyan soils, humans and animals for pathogen discovery
  • RNAseq analyses of bacterial transcriptomes

This Program receives support from the following sources:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • USDA-ARS ADRU Microbial Genomics Initiative
  • USDA Northwest Aquaculture Initiative
  • WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Agricultural Animal Health Program