UK Graduate Spotlight: Rose Burns McGee

Rose McGee

Rose McGee

Name: Rose Burns McGee
From: Longwood, Fla.

Degrees and institute where received:
AA, General Studies, Florida College
BS, Biology, University of Tampa

Rose McGee is scheduled to complete her master's degree in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky this summer.

A Florida native, McGee came to the Gluck Equine Research Center to conduct genetic and cytogenetic research with Teri Lear, PhD, and Ernie Bailey, PhD. McGee was introduced to Bailey by her professor at the University of Tampa, Rebecca Bellone, PhD, who also received her degree at the Gluck Center in 2001.

"I had always been fascinated with genetics in my undergraduate studies, but I didn't seek out many research opportunities then," McGee said. "I wanted to experience work in a research environment and to learn multiple lab techniques while helping to answer interesting questions regarding equine health."

McGee's main research focus has been on disorders of sexual development in horses.

"Dr. Lear and I have been investigating clinical cases to ascertain possible causes or mechanisms for why abnormal sexual development occurred in these horses," McGee said. "Specifically, I have been examining the Y chromosomes of horses that look like females but are genetically males (they have an X and Y chromosome) to ascertain what deletions and mechanisms are responsible for the disorder."

She also worked on a pilot genome-wide association study on parasite resistance in foals as a side project at the Gluck Center.

McGee will continue her education by seeking a master's degree in genetic counseling at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Human Genetics.

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation assistant at the Gluck Center.

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