Davis, Brian individual record
Research Assistant Professor

I focus on big-data-omics, as in genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, and others, to address questions of basic biological processes. I am an evolutionary biologist that is interested in how genomes and organisms evolve when under natural and artificial selection, whether in natural populations or in domesticated animals. I extend this research to study cancer and heritable disease in companion and agricultural animals using very large datasets.

education and training
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Academic Articles53
  • Lee, M. O., Li, J., Davis, B. W., Upadhyay, S., Al Muhisen, H. M., Suva, L. J., Clement, T. M., & Andersson, L. (2022). Hmga2 deficiency is associated with allometric growth retardation, infertility, and behavioral abnormalities in mice. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics. 12(2), jkab417.
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  • Li, J., Lee, M., Chen, J., Davis, B. W., Dorshorst, B. J., Siegel, P. B., ... Andersson, L. (2021). Cis -acting mutation affecting GJA5 transcription is underlying the Melanotic within-feather pigmentation pattern in chickens. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118(41), e2109363118.
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  • Serres-Armero, A., Davis, B. W., Povolotskaya, I. S., Morcillo-Suarez, C., Plassais, J., Juan, D., Ostrander, E. A., & Marques-Bonet, T. (2021). Copy number variation underlies complex phenotypes in domestic dog breeds and other canids.. Genome Res. 31(5), 762-774.
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  • Jagannathan, V., Hitte, C., Kidd, J. M., Masterson, P., Murphy, T. D., Emery, S., ... Wang, G. (2021). Dog10K_Boxer_Tasha_1.0: A Long-Read Assembly of the Dog Reference Genome. Genes. 12(6), 847-847.
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  • Therrien, D. A., Konganti, K., Gill, J. J., Davis, B. W., Hillhouse, A. E., Michalik, J., ... Riggs, P. K. (2021). Complete Whole Genome Sequences of Escherichia coli Surrogate Strains and Comparison of Sequence Methods with Application to the Food Industry.. Microorganisms. 9(3), 608-608.
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  • Janecka, J. E., Hacker, C., Broderick, J., Pulugulla, S., Auron, P., Ringling, M., ... Jackson, R. (2020). Noninvasive Genetics and Genomics Shed Light on the Status, Phylogeography, and Evolution of the Elusive Snow Leopard. Conservation Genetics in Mammals. 83-120. Springer International Publishing.
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Conference Papers3
  • Ostrander, E. A., Parker, H. G., Evans, J. M., Plassais, J., Dreger, D., Harris, A., ... Hogan, A. W. (2021). Big and small, short and tall, dog genes tell all. INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. 61, E672-E673.
  • Ostrander, E. A., Plassais, J., Kim, J. M., Davis, B. W., Karyadi, D. M., Hogan, A. N., ... Parker, H. G. (2019). Whole Genome Sequencing of 722 Canidae Reveal Genomic Regions Under Selection and Variants Influencing Morphology, Behavior and Longevity. JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY. 280, S53-S54.
  • Decker, B. J., Karyadi, D. M., Karlins, E., Davis, B. W., Tillmans, L. S., Thibodeau, S. N., & Ostrander, E. A. (2014). Abstract 1536: Whole genome sequencing of high-grade treatment-naïve prostate tumors. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Proceedings: AACR Annual Meeting 2014; April 5-9, 2014; San Diego, CA. 1536-1536.
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Repository Documents / Preprints7
  • Rubin, C., Enbody, E. D., Dobreva, M. P., Abzhanov, A., Davis, B. W., Lamichhaney, S., ... Andersson, L. (2021). Darwin’s finches - an adaptive radiation constructed from ancestral genetic modules.
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  • Jagannathan, V., Hitte, C., Kidd, J. M., Masterson, P., Murphy, T. D., Emery, S., ... Wang, G. (2021). Dog10K_Boxer_Tasha_1.0: A long-read assembly of the dog reference genome.
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  • Han, F., Jamsandekar, M., Pettersson, M. E., Su, L., Fuentes-Pardo, A., Davis, B., ... Andersson, L. (2020). The genetic architecture underlying ecological adaptation in Atlantic herring is not consistent with the infinitesimal model.
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  • Shilton, C. A., Kahler, A., Davis, B. W., Crabtree, J. R., Crowhurst, J., McGladdery, A. J., ... de Mestre, A. M. (2020). Whole genome analysis reveals aneuploidies in early pregnancy loss in the horse.
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  • Buckley, R. M., Davis, B. W., Brashear, W. A., Farias, F., Kuroki, K., Graves, T., ... Warren, W. C. (2020). A new domestic cat genome assembly based on long sequence reads empowers feline genomic medicine and identifies a novel gene for dwarfism.
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Texas A&M University; Veterinary Integrative Biosciences; 4458 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4458