Melinda R. Baerwald
Melinda R. Baerwald, Ph.D..
Sponsor: Bernie May
Department of Animal Science
- B.S., Biology, Indiana University, 1997
- Ph.D., Genetics, University of California, Davis, 2007
My research is focused on studying the genetic characteristics of fish to benefit threatened species and the aquaculture community. My primary project is to identify genes or markers associated with whirling disease resistance in rainbow trout using both gene expression and linkage mapping approaches. The overall goal of this project is to enable marker assisted selection for aquaculture strains and genetic screening of wild populations to reduce the spread and magnitude of whirling disease outbreaks. In addition to whirling disease research, I collaborate with Joshua Israel and Molly Stephens on a project to genetically assess and monitor salmonid species (Chinook salmon and rainbow trout) in the San Joaquin River to aid in the long-term restoration of these extirpated species.
Keywords: conservation genetics, genomics, salmonids, disease