Appaloosa coat patterns, coat colour genetics and practical information for breeders of spotted horses - The Appaloosa Project Appaloosa coat patterns, coat colour genetics and practical information for breeders of spotted horses - The Appaloosa Project
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The Appaloosa Project Team

Meet the Appaloosa Project Research Team!


Rebecca Bellone



Rebecca Bellone is the Appaloosa Project's chief molecular biology researcher. Rebecca is deeply interested in the inner workings of the pigmentation system. Her area of expertise is the study of the actual genetic mechanisms involved in producing Appaloosa coat patterning and related traits. Searching for the main gene responsible for Appaloosa patterning since 1997, Rebecca oversees all lab-based work aimed at the isolation of LP and its main modifiers, designing and implementing studies which probe the molecular nature of key Appaloosa genes.

Rebecca is extremely dedicated to her work as a researcher and as a teacher, and she excels at both. She performs some of her research at the University of Tampa, where she is a professor of biology, but also travels several times a year to the University of Kentucky to conduct experiments. When it's time to unwind, Rebecca enjoys taking relaxing rides on her wonderful Appaloosa gelding "JD".

  Sheila Archer



Sheila Archer's focus is quantitative inheritance through the analysis of phenotypic expression of traits for the Appaloosa Project team. Much of her research time is spent studying physical evidence for the inheritance of LP and its major modifiers. Prior to joining forces with Rebecca, Sheila spent ten years as a practicing artist. The combination of years spent creating highly detailed images, combined with her sciences degree, allow Sheila to pick out fine visual details and relate these to the principles of transmission genetics.

Sheila's other duties include coordinating the collection of DNA samples, operating the Appaloosa Project's "electronic classroom", and acting as communications liason for the Project. She also operates a small Appaloosa breeding operation, allowing her to observe first hand the progressive behaviour of some Appaloosa traits and access subjects for research. She is shown here with her pal "Jane", a chestnut fewspot.


University of Kentucky Team Members






Ernie Bailey

  Teri Lear


Jamie McLeod

 

 

Team Members From Other Institutions


David Adelson, University of Adelaide

  Gus Cothran, Texas A&M



Phil Sponenberg, Virginia-Maryland RCVM

Mike Mienaltowski, University of South Florida




University of Saskatchewan WCVM





Bruce Grahn

Lynne Sandmeyer


George Forsyth




Created on 04/14/2006 11:59 PM by adm1n
Updated on 02/12/2013 02:42 PM by SheilaArcher
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