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Ann Staiger

Visiting Assistant Professor

Animal Sciences

(334) 844-1552 


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110 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 2015 – Ph.D.Animal Science, Cornell University
  • 2009 – M.Sc. – Animal Breeding and Genetics, Oklahoma State University
  • 2007 – B.S. – Animal Science, Oklahoma State University


  • Aug.’19 – present – Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Auburn University
  • Jan.’17 – Aug.’19 – Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University
  • Sep.’15 – Nov.’16 – Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Feb.’15 – July’15 – Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, Cornell University


  • American Society of Animal Science
  • Equine Science Society
  • International Society for Animal Genetics


My research focuses on animal performance and genetics. In particular, I am interested in studying the genetics/genomics of gait in horses and other species, how selection for discipline has influenced behavior, and mare resistance to vaccination resulting in the failure of passive transfer in foals.


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  • A.N. Ghadikolaei, H.M. Yeganeh, S.R. Miarei-Aashtiani, E.A. Staiger, A. Rashidi, H.J. Huson. 2018. Genome-wide association studies identify candidate genes for coat color and mohair traits in the Iranian Markhoz goat. Frontiers in Genetics. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00105.
  • E.A. Staiger, M.S. Almén, M. Promerová, S.A. Brooks, E.G. Cothran, F. Imsland, K. Jäderkvist Fegraeus, G. Lindgren, H.M. Yeganeh, S. Mikko, J.L. Vega-Pla, T. Tozaki, C.J. Rubin, L. Andersson. 2017. The evolutionary history of the DMRT3 ‘Gait keeper’ haplotype. Animal Genetics. 48(5): 551-559. doi: 10.1111/age.12580.
  • E.A. Staiger, R.R. Bellone, N.B. Sutter, and S.A. Brooks. 2016. Morphological variation in gaited horse breeds. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. doi:10.1016/j.jevs.2016.04.096.
  • E.A. Staiger, J.D. Albright, and S.A. Brooks. 2016. Genome wide association mapping of heritable temperament variation in the Tennessee Walking Horse. Genes Brain and Behavior. doi: 10.1111/gbb.12290.
  • E.A. Staiger, M.A. Abri, K.M. Pflug, S.E. Kalla, D.M. Ainsworth, D. Miller, T. Raudsepp, N.B. Sutter, and S.A. Brooks. 2016. Skeletal variation in Tennessee Walking Horses maps to the LCORL/NCAPG region. Physiological Genomics. doi:10.1152/physiolgenomics.00100.2015.
  • E.A. Staiger, M.A. Al Abri, C.A.S. Silva, and S.A. Brooks. 2016. Loci impacting polymorphic gait in the Tennessee Walking Horse. Journal of Animal Science. 94(4):1377-1386. doi:10.2527/jas.2015-9936.
  • E.A. Staiger, D. Miller, C. Tseng, J.M. Cassano, L. Nasir, D.J. Garrick, S. Brooks, and D. Antzcak. 2016. Host genetic influence on papillomavirus-induced tumors in the horse. International Journal of Cancer. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30120.
  • L. Jacobs, A. Staiger, J. Albright, and S. Brooks. 2016. The MC1R and ASIP coat color loci may impact behavior in the horse. Journal of Heredity. 107(3):214-219. doi:10.1093/jhered/esw007.
  • L. Patterson, A. Staiger, and S. Brooks. 2015. DMRT3 does not control gait ability, but is associated with gait type in Mangalarga Marchador horses. Animal Genetics. 46 (2): 213-215. doi: 10.1111/age.12273.
  • J. W. Buchanan, E. A. Staiger, M.L. Thonney, and R. G. Mateescu. 2011. Evaluation of PFKM, TFDP2, and HIP2 gene expression and muscle growth in sheep. Journal of Animal Science Advances. 1(2): 85-88.
  • E. A. Staiger, M. L. Thonney, J. W. Buchanan, E. R. Rogers, P. A. Oltenacu, and R. G. Mateescu. 2010. Effect of Prolactin, beta-Lactoglobulin and kappa-Casein on Milk Yield in East Friesian Sheep. Journal of Dairy Science. 93 (4):1736-42.