About Us

The MU Metagenomics Center (MUMC) is closely affiliated with the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center (MMRRC) and Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC), and is managed and operated by the same team of experts. Drawing on over 100 years of combined experience in translational biomedical research, the MUMC team has the passion and expertise to help you reach your research goals.

Aaron Ericsson, DVM, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Director, MU Metagenomics Center

Dr. Ericsson obtained his DVM with honors from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Following a three-year residency in the MU Comparative Medicine Program, he completed a PhD studying interactions between the innate immune system and gut microbes using mouse models of inflammatory bowel disease and colitis-associated colorectal cancer. He is Director of the MUMC and also currently serves as lead scientist on microbiota research for the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center (MMRRC) and Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC). He has expertise in animal models, metagenomics, mucosal immunology, and microbiology.

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Craig Franklin, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACLAM

Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Director, MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center

Dr. Franklin received his DVM in 1987 from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine, he completed a PhD studying the pathogenesis of Clostridium piliforme. He is Director of the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center, the MU Comparative Medicine Program, and the Veterinary Research Scholars Program, and has received numerous awards for his research and teaching. With over 25 years of experience as a comparative immunologist and pathologist, he has expertise in animal models, metagenomics, mucosal immunology, and microbiology.

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Elizabeth Bryda, MS, PhD

Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Director, Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC)

Dr. Bryda completed a MS in Microbiology and PhD in Molecular Genetics, both at Rutgers University, followed by postdoctoral training in Mammalian Genetics at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, NY. She is Director of the NIH-funded Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC) and a Co-I on the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center (MU MMRRC) and National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) providing genotyping services. She has extensive experience in the generation and characterization of genetically manipulated animals, including mice, rats, swine, and zebrafish.

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Yuksel Agca, DVM, MS, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Dr. Agca received his DVM from the University of Ankara, Turkey in 1988, followed by a MS in Reproductive Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in Cryobiology from Purdue University. He maintains a productive laboratory in the fields of cryobiology and assisted reproductive techniques in numerous species, and currently serves as lead scientist on cryobiology research for the NIH-funded MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center (MMRRC) and Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC).

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James Amos-Landgraf, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

Dr. Amos-Landgraf received his PhD in Genetics from Case Western Reserve University in 2004, followed by postdoctoral work in Cancer Genetics in the laboratory of William Dove at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience in the generation and phenotypic and molecular characterization of transgenic and knockout mouse and rat disease models, including epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

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