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James E. Womack, PhD

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
Wolf Prize in Agriculture, 2001

Dr. James E. (Jim) Womack is a geneticist whose research interests are focused on comparative mammalian genomics, with emphasis on the bovine genome and its relationship to that of other mammals, particularly mice and humans.  The application of comparative genomics in the Womack laboratory is directed toward discovery of genomic variation among and within breeding populations and the role of this variation in host response to pathogens.  He, with collaborators and students, has published more than 370 articles in peer reviewed journals. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences USA in 1999, and in 2001 was recipient of the Wolf Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for research in agriculture “for the use of recombinant DNA technology to revolutionize animal sciences, paving the way for applications in neighboring fields.” Womack received his B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University in 1964, his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1968 and joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1977 in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine.