Thomas R. Famula

Thomas R. Famula

Thomas R. Famula, Ph.D.

Department of Animal Science
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95616, USA

Phone: +1 530-752-7018
FAX: +1 530-752-0175


B.A., Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 1977.
M.S., Master of Science in Animal Breeding, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1979.
Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Breeding, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1981.


My research focus is on the statistical aspects of genetics and animal improvement. Most recently this has concentrated on the inheritance of disease in dogs, a topic that has focused on epilepsy in Belgian tervuren, deafness in Dalmatians and Addison's disease in Bearded collies.
Each of these areas begins as a purely statistical problem, asking the question: "Is this disorder inherited?" Having established inheritance there begins a search for the statistical evidence of the impact of single genes on this disease, an area of investigation called complex segregation analysis. The next phase of research is the collaborative effort to combine pedigree and disease information with DNA markers and maps of the canine genome. The intent is to discover those specific genes that influence the expression of disease.

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Graduate Groups

Integrative Genetics and Genomics