University of Florida

Dr. Samantha A. Brooks

Associate Professor, Equine Physiology

Research Summary

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 PhD in Veterinary Science, specializing in Equine Genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Bailey. Following her PhD 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.

Lab Research

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2001; B.S., Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2006; Ph.D., Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Academic Positions Since Final Degree:

2018-Present; Associate Professor, Equine Physiology, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.
2014-2018; Assistant Professor, Equine Physiology, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville.
2009-2013; Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2006-2008; Teaching Assistant, University Honors Program, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
2006-2008; Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Professional Memberships

American Society of Animal Science
Equine Science Society
National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics
International Society of Animal Genetics


Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, award for research in gene expression and laminitis, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Book Contributions

Book Chapters
BROOKS, S.A. and Bellone, R. R. (2013). “Chapter 9: Coat color genomics.” In: Equine Genomics, CHOWDHARY, B. P. (ed.) First ed.: Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ.

Bailey, E. and BROOKS, S.A. 2013. Horse Genetics, Second ed.: CABI Int., Oxfordshire, UK.




Samantha A. Brooks, Ph.D.

PO Box 110910
Gainesville, FL 32611

2250 Shealy Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611