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Texas A&M University
Animal Genetics Laboratory

Dr. E. Gus Cothran

Dr. E. Gus Cothran,
Clinical Professor,
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University

Dr. Cothran was born and raised in Texas and graduated from El Paso-Burgess High School. From there he went to North Texas State University in Denton where he obtained my BS and MS degrees in Biology. He received his PhD in genetics from the University of Oklahoma in 1982. From OU, he went to the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory near Aiken, South Carolina. Here he primarily was involved in population genetic studies of white-tailed deer. His next stop was the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio, Texas where he worked on genetics of horses and a species of South American opossum. From there he moved to the University of Kentucky in 1986. At UK, Dr. Cothran was the Director of the Equine Parentage Testing and Research Laboratory and Research Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science. In 2006 Dr. Cothran moved to Texas A&M University where he is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences which is in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science. In addition to a DNA genotyping laboratory that does typing of horses, cattle, cats and dogs, he is involved in research in genetic mapping, genetics of specific characteristics (such as coat color and hereditary disease), population genetics and conservation genetics of rare breeds.

Dr. Cothran was a four time Chair of the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) standing committee for Thoroughbred DNA Typing Standardization and a past chair of the Equine Standing Committee of ISAG. In addition he has served on the Deer Genetics Standing Committee and the ISAG/FAO Standing Committee for Domestic Animal Genetic Diversity since 1986.

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