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Danika Bannasch obtained her PhD in mouse genetics from Princeton University and her DVM from the University of California, Davis. She is an associate professor of genetics in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. She is the chief of the Genetics service at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital which provides counseling and information to breeders, owners and veterinarians about inherited diseases in companion animals. Danika’s research focuses on the identification of the molecular basis for inherited diseases in dogs and horses. Her laboratory is responsible for the identification of the mutations that cause Lethal White Foal Syndrome and HERDA in horses and hyperuricosuria in dogs. Her laboratory is actively working on understanding the genetic basis for immune mediated diseases in dogs and horses as well as canine birth defects. In her spare time Danika trains and competes in conformation, agility, obedience and hunt tests with her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
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