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Rachael Thomas, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Genomics

Office: 919.513.0922

Dr Thomas’ research focuses primarily on comparative cancer genomics. Her interests stemmed from her PhD studies at the University of Leicester (UK), on the development of integrated strategies for advancing genome mapping in the domestic dog, which contributed to the first draft of the canine reference sequence assembly. After postdoctoral studies in the emerging field of canine cancer genomics at the Animal Health Trust, in 2004 she joined the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently activities include the identification of clinically informative molecular signatures for a diverse range of naturally-occurring canine cancers, and the development of mechanisms by which these signatures can be detected in a clinical setting. More recently her research has expanded to encompass feline cancers that offer distinct potential to advance comparative efforts in molecular medicine, toward identification of conserved pathogenic mechanisms and therapeutic targets. Dr Thomas is a member of the NC State University Comparative Medicine Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (UK).


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