College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Molecular genetics of cattle and dogs


Animal and Poultry Science


B.S. (Wisconsin, Stevens Point), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Queen's), PDF (Calgary)

Selected Recent Publications

Mirabzadeh-Ardakani A, Solie J., Gonzalez-Cano P, Schmutz SM, Griebel PJ.  2016.  Tissue and age-dependent expression of bovine DEFB103 gene and protein. Tissue and Cell Research 363:479-490.

Wijesena, H.R. and Schmutz, S.M.  2015. A Missense Mutation in SLC45A2 is Associated with Albinism in Small Long Haired Dogs. Journal of Heredity 106:285-8.

Mirabzadeh-Ardakani A, Griebel P, Schmutz SM.  2014. Identification of a new non-coding exon and haplotype variability in the cattle DEFB103 gene. Gene 551:183-188.

Schmutz, S. M.  An inherited form of adult-onset hearing loss in Border Collie dogs. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology 1:6 (28 May 2014)

Dreger D.L., Parker H.G., Ostrander E.A., and Schmutz S. M. 2013.  Identification of a mutation that is associated with the saddle tan and black-and-tan phenotypes in Basset Hounds and Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Journal of Heredity 104:399-406.

Schmutz, S. M. and Dreger, D. L. 2013. Interaction of MC1R and SILV alleles on solid coat colors in Highland Cattle. Animal Genetics 44:9-13.