Dr Brandon D Velie
The main focus of my research is the intersection of genomics and biological homeostasis with particular emphasis on the industry application of this information. Essentially, I am profoundly interested in the discovery and function of genes that underpin disease, athletic performance, and behaviour in horses. As someone who is actively involved in the horse industry outside of the university, the majority of my research tends to also include aspects of how the knowledge gained from research can be readily applied by equine professionals to improve horse well-being.
A list of my publications can be found here.
Elouise is researching drug sensitivity in the horse, using state-of-the-art genomic technologies to identify genes associated with drug metabolism.
Kali is utilizing cutting-edge genetic and genomic methodologies to better understand the genetic diversity of brumbies in Australia.
Maria investigated the genetics of athletic performance in Norwegian-Swedish Coldblooded trotters and the genetics of conformation traits in Icelandic horses. She was co-supervised with Professor Gabriella Lindgren at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Dr Evelyn Todd
Evelyn's PhD work focused on population and quantitative genetics in Thoroughbred racehorses. She is particularly interested in understanding how population history events and selective breeding practices influence genomic changes in horses. Evelyn is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse.
Honours I (2020)
Alize's project explored the genes underlying osteochondrosis in Belgian Warmblood horses.
Honours I (2020)
Lillian's project centred on racehorse behaviour with particular focus on developing tools to help better place/re-home retiring racehorses.
Honours Student (2020)
Visiting Graduate Student
Marie was a visiting student from France working on a project exploring the genetics underpinning gallop and endurance racing performance in Arabian horses.
Analise McDonald, Irene Yan Ling Teh, Karen Kwang, & Remi Miller
Research Placement (2021)
Analise, Irene, Karen, and Remi assisted with a project investigating maternal effects in racing Thoroughbreds.
Research Placement (2020)
Elise studied osteochondrosis in young Thoroughbreds and the impact it can have on a horse's future racing career.
Ongoing International Collaborations
Horse Genome Consortium
A cooperative international effort by more than 100 scientists from 25 countries to define the genome of the domestic horse: https://horsegenomeworkshop.com/
International consortium of university researchers and representatives of equine organisations with the aim of identifying genetic markers associated with disease and performance traits in horses (HORSEGENE).
A global initiative to understand the underlying mechanisms of diseases by developing a database of tissue-specific gene expression and regulation in the horse.
Tracing the genetic origin of mane growth in domestic horses
Collaborative project with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), Estación Biológica de Doñana (Spain), and Yeguada de La Cartuja (Spain).
Fights, flights, and genes
Collaborative project with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), and the University of Leuven (Belgium).
Development of molecular tools for breeding healthier horses
Collaborative project with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), The Swedish Trotting Association (Sweden), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), and the University of Leuven (Belgium).