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Matthew Breen, PhD, C. Biol, FRSB

Professor, Genomics

Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor, Comparative Oncology Genetics

Office: 919.513.1467
Lab: Breen Lab
Lab Phone: 919.513.1466
Lab Fax: 919.513.7301

Dr. Breen is a Professor of Genomics and the Oscar J. Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Comparative Oncology Genetics in the Dept. of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also a member of the NCSU Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI), the Center for Human Health for the Environment (CHHE), the NCSU Genetics Program in the College of Science, and the Cancer Genetics Program at the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Breen was a charter member, and now serves on the Board of Directors, of the Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium (CCOGC), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization established to promote the role of the dog in comparative biomedical research. He is also a charter member of the Sea Lion Cancer Consortium (SLiCC).
Fellow, Royal Society of Biology
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Genetics
Dr. Matthew Breen’s research focuses on genomics, genome mapping and the comparative aspects of canine cancer. In addition his lab is using high throughput molecular cytogenetics for anchoring emerging genome assemblies and for evaluating the changes to genome structure that occur during speciation. The lab is also developing new molecular assays for diagnostic and prognostic use in veterinary medicine.

CVM Researchers Receive AKC Canine Health Foundation Grants

Researchers at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded four grants totaling $347,893 from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) as part of the organization’s 2012 funding year. The AKC CHF-funded NC State CVM research projects are: Grant 1557: High-Resolution Cytogenetic Analysis of Histiocytic Malignancies and Development of a Targeted Assay

Morris Animal Foundation Supports CVM Research

Selected researchers at the North Carolina State University’s College Veterinary Medicine (CVM) are recipients of Morris Animal Foundation grants that total more than $1.2 million for investigations aimed at improving the health of dogs, cats, horses, and wildlife. More specifically, Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) is providing $1,212,671 to help support 12 different studies being conducted

CCMTR-led Research Team Seeking Brain Tumor Gene

Pinpointing the genes involved in human brain cancer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, and sometimes the needle you find may not be the right one. By comparing human and canine genomes, researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that a gene commonly believed to be involved in meningiomas—tumors that

Dr. Breen Featured in AKC Canine Health Foundation Podcasts

The American Kennel Club and the AKC Canine Health Foundation produce a podcast series called Genome Barks that feature leading scientists and researchers who have spoken at AKC-CHF Breeder Symposia or who are CHF grant recipients. Dr. Matthew Breen is featured in a two-part interview with Lee Arnold, Vice President of the AKC Canine Health

Dr. Breen Published in Journal of Chromosome Research

Cancer researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota have found that humans and dogs share more than friendship and companionship – they also share the same genetic basis for certain types of cancer. Furthermore, the researchers say that because of the way the genomes have evolved, getting cancer may be inevitable

Dr. Breen Receives Research Award from AKC Canine Health Foundation

Matthew Breen, Professor of Genomics, is the 2007 recipient of the “Asa Mays, DVM, Excellence in Canine Health Research Award” presented by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Named to honor the memory of longtime breeder and veterinarian Dr. Asa Mays, the award recognizes an individual researcher who, according to the CHF board