Danika Bannasch Genetics Lab

teamDanika Bannasch Genetics Lab

Dr. Danika Bannasch focuses her research on the identification of molecular causes for inherited diseases in dogs and horses. Her laboratory has identified the DNA changes responsible for lethal white foal syndrome, hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia, hyperuricosuria, juvenile Addison’s disease, Alaskan husky encephalopathy, cleft palate, cleft lip and palate, and spinal dysraphism. Important research findings have also led to novel animal models for corresponding human diseases. By studying naturally occurring diseases in animals, the Bannasch Laboratory is discovering a triad of significant advances: the development of diagnostic tests to aid animal breeders; the identification of novel genes and pathways as candidates for human disease; and an understanding of basic molecular mechanisms of disease.



Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhDDanika Bannasch, DVM, PhD

Professor, Population Health & Reproduction


Miriam Aguilar, BSMiriam Aguilar, BS

Lab Manager


Emily Brown, BSEmily Brown, BS

VSTP Student


Brittany Dalley, BS, MSBrittany Dalley, BS, MS



Katherine Lucot, MS, PhDKatherine Lucot, MS, PhD



Ann StromAnn Strom



Courtney KorffCourtney Korff

DVM Student


Kristen AlldredgeKristen Alldredge

DVM Student


Elisa PalaciosElisa Palacios

Undergraduate Student