Genomic Variation Lab  

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Dr. Bernie May


Adjunct Professor
Director, Genomic Variation Lab
Department of Animal Science
One Shields Avenue
Meyer Hall
Davis, CA 95616

Office: (530) 754-8123
Lab: (530)752-6351
Fax: (530)752-0175




B.S., Molecular Biology, University of Washington, 1973.
M.S., Fisheries, University of Washington, 1975.
Ph.D., Genetics, Pennsylvania State University, 1980.


In the Genomic Variation Laboratory we use a variety of molecular techniques (AFLPs, allozymes, microsatellites, Introns, etc.) to study genomic variation in natural and aquacultural populations. Our Projects examine questions related to genomic structure, population analysis, mixed stock analysis, genomic manipulation, effects of non-indigenous species/populations, and isolate identification in fish, fungi, birds, mammals, plants, and invertebrates. My current interest is exploring the use of single microsatellite locus data to address questions in conservation biology regarding the "genetic health" and "genetic integrity" of natural populations. I am also interested in the linkage of molecular markers to single quantitative trait loci (QTLs).


You can view my Publications for a sampling of the types of work we do.

Graduate Students

Graduate student training and research is the most important part of the activities in my laboratory. The Current Graduate Students are involved in a diversity of activities, centered around the use of molecular markers to answer biological questions. If you are interested in graduate school with me, you should explore the following graduate groups/programs of which I am a member:



    Animal Biology