E. Ann Staiger

Visiting Assistant Professor

Animal Sciences Department


Ph.D.Animal Science, Cornell University
M.Sc. – Animal Breeding and Genetics, Oklahoma State University
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.

ANSC-3500 Animal Breeding

  • 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.