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Team members

    Dr Cathryn Mellersh


    Cathryn completed a BSc in genetics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1984, followed by a PhD in developmental genetics from Leicester University in 1991. She stayed in Leicester for her first post-doctoral position where she spent four years developing some of the first genetic markers for the dog, followed by five years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, (Seattle, USA), where she played an integral role developing the first maps of the canine genome.

    Cathryn took up her position at the Animal Health Trust in 2001 and since then she has considerably developed and expanded the Canine Genetics Group by initiating and securing funding for many successful studies. Cathryn and her team also collaborate with fellow UK-based and international canine geneticists as well as working very hard to build and maintain good relationships with the Kennel Club, dog Breed Clubs and the dog-owning and breeding community in general.

    In 2015 Cathryn was recognised for her significant contributions to veterinary science and canine health as the co-winner of the International Canine Health Awards (International Prize), run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust.


    Hereditary Diseases Committee(HDC): Member