Juan F. Medrano

Lab Members

Alma D. Islas-Trejo

Alma D. Islas-Trejo
Job Title: SRA II 

Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616 USA

Phone: +1 530-752-4509
FAX: +1 530-752-0175
Email: adislas@ucdavis.edu


B.S., Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico , 1980 (Chemist Pharmacist ).
M.S., CINVESTAV, IPN, Mexico City , 1985 (Biochemistry ).

Research Interest

Transcriptome analysis in the bovine lactating mammary gland and cattle tissue using Next Generation sequencing. Coffee transcriptome analysis and IsoSeq sequencing.



Recent Post-Doc

Angela Canovas

Angela Canovas, Ph.D  
Assistant Professor

Animal Biosciences
University of Guelph

Email: acanovas@uoguelph.ca  


Mentored Graduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhD)

  1. Simon Horvat, Ph.D. Genetics 1995. 
    Dissertation: Genetic and physical mapping of high growth (hg), a major locus that increases body size in mice. 
    Current position: Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Web Site 
  2. Willy Cushwa, Ph.D. Genetics 1995. 
    Dissertation: Genetic and physical mapping in sheep using random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers 
    Current position: Professor, Clark College, Vancouver, WA 
    Web Site
  3. Alison Louise Van Eenennaam, Ph.D. Genetics 1997. 
    Dissertation: Genetic analysis of the sex determination mechanism of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus Richardson) 
    Current position: Cooperative Extension Specialist Animal Genomics and Biotechnolog, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. 
    Web Site 
  4. Pablo Marcelo Corva, Ph.D. Genetics, 2000. 
    Dissertation: Identification of modifiers of high growth (HG), a mutation that increases body size in the mouse. 
    Current position: Professor, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina
    Web Site 
  5.  Marisa Lin Wong, Ph.D. Genetics, 2004.
    Dissertation: Sequence analysis of the murine high growth (hg) deletion and expression profiling of its associated genes. 
    Current position: Principal Investigator, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), Oakland, California.
    Web Site 
  6. Charles Ronnie Farber, Ph.D. Genetics, 2005. 
    Dissertation: Isolation and genetic dissection of quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting growth and obesity in mice using congenic strains. 
    Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Departments of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Center for Public Health Genomics, University of Virginia. 
    Web Site
  7. Ricardo Alejandro Verdugo Salgado, Ph.D. Genetics, 2007. 
    Dissertation: Genetic dissection of growth and obesity traits in a mouse congenic strain using transcript profiling and high density mapping. 
    Current position: Professor, School of Medicine, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile 
    Web Site
  8. Rodrigo Gularte-Merida, Ph.D. Animal Biology, 2011. 
    Dissertation: Candidate gene identification of growth and obesity traits in congenic and subcongenic mice. 
    Current position: Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Jorge Reis-Filho Laboratory, New York.
    Web Site
  9. Saumya Wickramasinghe, Ph.D. Animal Biology, 2011. 
    Dissertation: Transcriptome profiling of bovine milk with special emphasis on oligosaccharide metabolism genes 
    Current position: Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 20400.
    Web Site
  10. Rashida Lathan, Ph.D. Animal Biology, 2012. 
    Dissertation: Genetic and Functional Analysis of Infertility in High Growth Female Mouse Strains (FVB/NJ and A/J) 
    Current position: ‎Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute Pasteur, France, Dept. of Mouse Genetics 

Masters of Science Degrees (MS)

  1. Eric Douglas Aasen, M.S. Genetics, 1990. 
    Thesis: Rapid identification of sex by amplification of single copy genes in humans, cattle, sheep and goats. 
    Current Position: Researcher, CalGene, Davis, CA 
  2. Alison Louise Van Eenennaam, M.S. Animal Science, 1990. 
    Thesis: Milk protein polymorphisms in the California dairy cattle population. 
    Current position: Cooperative Extension Specialist Animal Genomics and Biotechnolog, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis. 
  3. Shelley Lynn House, M.S. Animal Science, 1993. 
    Thesis: Development of SCAR primers by RAPD analysis for the detection of chimerism in interspecific sheep-goat hemopoietic chimeras. 
  4. Lorraine Sin-Wun Lum, M.S. Animal Science, 1993. 
    Thesis: Identification of polymorphisms within the bovine beta-lactoglobulin promoter region. 
    Current position: Veterinarian (DVM) 
  5. La Donna Gaye Foley, M.S. Animal Science, 1994. 
    Thesis: Growth response of high growth mouse lines to bovine somatotropin. 
  6. Stephen Tom Fong, M.S. Animal Science, 1995. 
    Thesis: Expression of the high growth (hg) locus in mice in relation to genetic background. 
  7. Andrea Michelle Johnson, M.S. Genetics, 1998. 
    Thesis: Partial sequencing and polymorphism detection of the bovine stearoyl-CoA desaturase in three breeds of dairy cattle. 
  8. Deven H. Mistry, M.S. Genetics, 1999. 
    Thesis: Cloning of the bovine and the sheep lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase (LPAAT). 
    Current Position: Medical Doctor 
    Web Site
  9. Wendy Lynn Ward (Devine), M.S. Animal Science, 2003. 
    Thesis: Mammary growth and development in the high growth (hg/hg) mouse. 
    Current Position: Attorney at Law, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati 
    12235 El Camino Real Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92130-3002. 
  10.  Kerri Morimoto, M.S. Genetics, 2004. 
    Thesis: Transgenic expression of C.elegans omega-3 and delta-12 desaturases in mammalian cells. 
    Current Position: Scientist, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute 
  11.  Rodrigo Jose Gularte Merida, M.S. Animal Biology, 2006. 
    Thesis: Fine mapping distal mouse chromosome 2 for growth and obesity traits using overlapping subcongenic strains. 
    Current Position: Post-Doc, Unit of Animal Genomics, GIGA – Research, Université de Liège, 4000 Sart-Tilman, Belgium (2011-2013) 
    Laboratory of Prof. Michel Georges 
    Web Site
  12.  Lisa Goldberg, M.S. Animal Biology, 2007. 
    Thesis: Fine mapping growth and obesity quantitative trail loci (QTL) using subcongenic strains of mouse chromosome 2. 
    Current Position: Staff Research Associate, U.C. Davis 
  13. James Chitwood, M.S. Animal Biology, 2009. 
     Maternal Genotypic Influences of Obesity-Related Phenotypes in Mus musculus Current Position: Staff Research Associate, Dept. of Animal Science, U.C. Davis – Ross Laboratory 
    Web Site