University of Florida

Samantha A. Brooks, Ph.D.

A lifelong horse woman, Dr. Samantha Brooks was diverted from vet school by a budding passion for equine research. Following a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Biotechnology, Dr. Brooks remained at the University of Kentucky to study at the Gluck Equine Research Center. While there she earned her Ph.D. in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Bailey. Following her Ph.D. she was awarded the Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the expression of inflammatory genes in horses affected with laminitis. At Cornell University she was responsible for the Equine Biology and Management course for six years. Her research program explores a variety of topics relevant to horse health ranging from gene expression studies to mapping of genetic disorders in the horse. Previously her research group discovered genetic mutations and markers for coat colors, height, sarcoid tumors and two neurological conditions.  Ongoing work targets variation in gait, susceptibility to infectious disease, metabolic syndrome and skeletal defects using genome wide association, genome re-sequencing and transcriptomics.

Representative Publications:

Makvandi-Nejad, S., Allen, J., Chu, E., Gu, E., Chandler, A., Loredo, A., Bellone, R., Mezey, J. G., BROOKS, S., Sutter, N. (2012). Four Loci Explain 83% of Size Variation in the Horse. PLoS One, 7 (e39929), 6pp.

BROOKS, S., Gabreski, N., Miller, D., Brisbin, A., Brown, H., Streeter, C., Mezey, J. G., Cook, D., Antczak, D. (2010). Whole Genome SNP Association in the Horse: Identification of a Deletion in Myosin Va Responsible for Lavender Foal Syndrome. PLoS Genetics, 6 (4), e1000909.

BROOKS, S., Lear, T. L., Adelson, D., Bailey, E. (2007). A Chromosome Inversion near the KIT gene and the Tobiano Spotting Pattern in Horses. Cytogenetic and Genome Research, 119, 3.

BROOKS, S., Bailey, E. (2005). Exon skipping in the KIT gene causes a Sabino spotting pattern in horses. Mammalian Genome, 16, 893-902.

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Samantha A. Brooks, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Animal Sciences
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.S., University of Kentucky

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