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    Rebecca Renee Bellone
    Associate Adjunct Professor
    Population Health & Reproduction

    +1 530 752 9299
    rbellone@ucdavis.edu

       

    Research Focus

    My research interests involve investigating the genetics of traits in the horse that are economically and medically important and are useful models for other species. I am currently investigating the genetics of several pigmentation phenotypes and ocular disorders; among these are the second most common tumor in the horse, limbal squamous cell carcinoma as well as the most common cause of blindness in horses, equine recurrent uveitis. The primary goal of my research program is to develop tools that will assist animal breeders in making informed mating decisions and assist clinicians in identifying horses who are at risk for ocular disorders enabling earlier detection and better prognosis.

    Specialty Focus

    Genetics

    Education

    1996 BS , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
    2001 PhD Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

    Active Research Grants

    Co-Investigator, The Role of LP in Equine Recurrent Uveitis and the Ocular and Dermatologic Effects of Tyrosine Supplementation in Appaloosa Horses, Bauer B (Principal Investigator), Saskatchewan Equine Health Research Fund

    Principal Investigator, Genomic Investigation of Equine Recurrent Uveitis in Appaloosa Horses, (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation

    Co-Principal Investigator, Unraveling complex traits by defining genome function (Part I), Co-PIs: Finno C, Petersen J (Principal Investigator), Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation

    Co-Principal Investigator, Secrets in the bones: how functional genomics will broaden our understanding of catastrophic breakdown in racehorses , Drs. Finno and Hamilton (Principal Investigator), University of Sydney – UC, Davis Priority Partnership Collaboration Awards Program

    Principal Investigator, Investigating a non-synonymous mutation in damage specific DNA binding protein 2 as a genetic risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma in multiple horse breeds , (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UC-Davis

    Principal Investigator, Investigating Genetic Risk Loci for Ocular Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UC-Davis

    Principal Investigator, Genetic Investigation of Bilateral Corneal Stromal Loss in Friesian Horses, (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation

    Most Recent 10 Publications

    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Two Variants in SLC24A5 Are Associated with “Tiger-Eye” Iris Pigmentation in Puerto Rican Paso Fino Horses 2017 Mack M, Kowalski E, Grahn R, Bras D, Penedo MCT, Bellone RR Two Variants in SLC24A5 Are Associated with “Tiger-Eye” Iris Pigmentation in Puerto Rican Paso Fino Horses G3,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Identification of long non-coding RNA in the horse transcriptome 2017 Scott EY, Mansour T, Bellone RR, Brown CT, Mienaltowski MJ, Penedo MC, Ross PJ, Valberg SJ, Murray JD, Finno CJ Identification of long non-coding RNA in the horse transcriptome BMC Genomics,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: A missense mutation in damage-specific DNA binding protein 2 is a genetic risk factor for limbal squamous cell carcinoma in horses 2017 Bellone RR, Liu J, Petersen JL, Mack M, Singer-Berk M, Drögemüller C, Malvick J, Wallner B, Brem G, Penedo MC, Lassaline M A missense mutation in damage-specific DNA binding protein 2 is a genetic risk factor for limbal squamous cell carcinoma in horses Int J Cancer,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Tissue resolved, gene structure refined equine transcriptome 2017 Mansour TA, Scott EY, Finno CJ, Bellone RR, Mienaltowski MJ, Penedo MC, Ross PJ, Valberg SJ, Murray JD, Brown CT Tissue resolved, gene structure refined equine transcriptome BMC Genomics,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: GO-FAANG meeting: A gathering on functional annotation of animal genomes 2016 Tuggle CK, Giuffra E, White SN, Clarke L, Zhou H, Ross PJ, Acloque H, Reecy JM, Archibald A, Bellone RR, Boichard M, Chamberlain A, Cheng H, Crooijmans RP, Delany ME, Finno CJ, Groenen MA, Hayes B, Lunney JK, Petersen JL, Plastow GS, Schmidt CJ, Song J, Watson M GO-FAANG meeting: A gathering on functional annotation of animal genomes Anim Genet,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Morphological variation in gaited horse breeds 2016 Staiger EA, Bellone RR, Sutter NB, Brooks SA Morphological variation in gaited horse breeds J Equine Vet Sci,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Redundant contribution of a Transient Receptor Potential cation channel Member 1 exon 11 single nucleotide polymorphism to equine congenital stationary night blindness. 2016 Scott ML, John EE, Bellone RR, Ching JC, Loewen ME, Sandmeyer LS, Grahn BH, Forsyth GW Redundant contribution of a Transient Receptor Potential cation channel Member 1 exon 11 single nucleotide polymorphism to equine congenital stationary night blindness. BMC Vet Res,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Variant in the RFWD3 gene associated with PATN1, a modifier of leopard complex spotting 2015 Holl HM, Brooks SA, Archer S, Brown K, Malvick J, Penedo MCT, Bellone RR Variant in the RFWD3 gene associated with PATN1, a modifier of leopard complex spotting Anim Genet,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflinger horses. 2015 Lassaline M, Cranford TL, Latimer CA, Bellone RR Limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflinger horses. Vet Ophthalmol ,
    • Rebecca Renee Bellone: Twenty-five thousand years of fluctuating selection on leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness in horses 2015 Ludwig A, Reissmann M, Benecke N, Bellone R, Sandoval-Castellanos E, Cieslak M, Fortes GG, Morales-Muñiz A, Hofreiter M, Pruvost M Twenty-five thousand years of fluctuating selection on leopard complex spotting and congenital night blindness in horses Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci,

    Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

    2016 Sandmeyer L, Bellone RR: Chapter 13: Inherited ocular disorders, Gilger B, (ed), Equine Ophthalmology, Third Edition , Ames, IA. 545-566.

    2013 Brooks SA, Bellone RR: Chapter 9: Coat color genomics, Chowdhary B, (ed), Equine Genomics, Ames, IA. 143-53.

    2009 Sponenberg DP, Archer S, Bellone RR: Patterns of white with symmetric white patches: The Leopard Complex, Sponenberg DP, (ed), Equine Color Genetics, 3rd Edition, Ames, IA. 110-21.