James D. Murray

James D. Murra

James D. Murray, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Animal Science, CA&ES
Professor, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, SVM

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

Phone: +1 530-752-3179
FAX: +1 530-752-0175
Email: jdmurray@ucdavis.edu


B.S.,  University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1974 Zoology and Physiology.
M.S., University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1975 Zoology and Physiology.
Ph.D., Macquarie University, Australia, 1980 Biology (genetics).
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Member: International Society Transgenic Technologists, American Dairy Science Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Research Interest

My research program is divided between to areas: genetic engineering of mammals and horse genomics. Within the work centered on transgenic animal biology we work on a number of gene systems designed either as research models (ovine growth hormone transgenic mice) or to livestock for use in agriculture. Within the latter area we are focused on manipulating the mammary gland to improve the properties of milk for human consumption. We also carry out work to improve the technology associated with genetically engineering large animals.

Graduate Students:

I am currently a member of the Integrated Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group and the Animal Biology Graduate Group. Both groups have programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  Currently I have two Ph.D. students.

 Professional Activities:

Advisory Editorial Board member - Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology.

Chair of the organizing committee for the bi-annual U.C. Davis Transgenic Animal Research Conference, a three-day international meeting on the topic of transgenic animals in research.  Abstracts of presentations and posters for meetings 2 through 11 may be found in Transgenic Research. The twelth meeting is currently being planned for August 2019.

Graduate Groups

Animal Biology
Integrative Genetics and Genomics