I have been involved in the study of spontaneous animal models of familial disease, particularly cardiac, since 2008. My research efforts focus on identification of causative mutations in spontaneous animal models, evaluation of cardiovascular pharmacogenetic effects and the study of novel cardiovascular therapeutics. I operate a fully functional molecular genetics laboratory within the Koret Center for Veterinary Genetics and have an extensive catalog of companion animal genetic samples and phenotype data. I am committed to training clinician scientists through my work as a major professor for multiple PhD students and active involvement in several graduate groups at the University of California Davis. I also serve as an affiliate scientist at the California National Primate Research Center where I study genotype-phenotype relationships in non-human primates.