Felipe Avila

Felipe Avila

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-6731


Dr. Felipe Avila joined the laboratory in the Fall of 2014 as a Postdoctoral Associate. A native of Brazil, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Brasilia in 2005. In 2014, he earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. During his doctorate, Felipe developed a comprehensive cytogenetic map for the alpaca, integrating genome sequence data with physical chromosome information. His doctoral studies also included camelid chromosome evolution and chromosomal abnormalities that affect the health of various camelid species.

Awards & Recognition

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine High Impact Achievement Award

U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship.


Research Summary/Interests

Research Projects

  • Breed diversity
  • Signatures of Selection in the Modern Horse Breeds

Dr. Avila’s research interests include the identification of genomic signatures of selection driving important phenotypic features in the horse using population-based methods. The aim of his research is to identify and further investigate genomic regions harboring putative functional alleles undergoing selection in different horse breeds that might account for phenotypic variation among and within these breeds. This includes the identification of variants in candidate genes and/or genomic regions associated with various disease phenotypes and morphological features among breeds, as well as those associated with various performance traits within a breed, such as the American Quarter Horse.


Avila, F., Baily, M.P., Merriwether, D.A., Trifonov, V.A., Rubes, J., Kutzler, M.A., Chowdhary, R., Janecka, J., Raudsepp, T. 2015. A cytogenetic and comparative map of camelid chromosome 36 and the minute in alpacas. Chromosome Res. 23(2):237-51.

Avila, F., Baily, M.P., Perelman, P., Das, P.J., Pontius, J., Chowdhary, R., Owens, E., Johnson, W.E., Merriwether, D.A., Raudsepp, T. 2014. A comprehensive whole genome integrated cytogenetic map for the alpaca (Lama pacos). Cytogenet Genome Res.144(3):196-207.

Avila, F., Das, P.J., Kutzler, M., Owens, E., Perelman, P., Rubes, J., Johnson, W.E., Raudsepp.T. 2014. Development and application of camelid molecular cytogenetic tools. J Hered 105(6):858-69.