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Denise K. Garcia, Department Chair

Denise K. Garcia, Department Chair

Professor of Biological Sciences

Office: Science Hall 307

Denise K. Garcia, Department Chair

Ph.D. Genetics 1991: Texas A&M University. Dr. Garcia started her appointment at CSUSM in Fall, 1996. Dr. Garcia conducted postdoctoral work at the Australian Institute of Marine Science and then was a research associate at Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Garcia’s expertise is in genetics using molecular tools, with research interests in genome restructuring after viral pathogenesis and genetic factors controlling important traits in animals.


Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. Ph.D. Genetics, May 1991.
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. B.S. Animal Science, December 1985.


Hizer, S.E., M.T. Wright and D.K. Garcia. 2003. Genetic Markers Applied in Regression Tree Prediction Models. Animal Genetics, submitted.

Refugio, R.S., K.W. Hasson, D.K. Garcia, K.E. Brovont, K.D. Cleveland, K.R. Klimpel and A.K. Dhar. Genetic and antigenic variation of Taura Syndrome Virus (TSV) of penaid shrimp (Penaeus sp.). 2002. Journal of General Virology 83:3123-3130.

Hizer, S.E., A.K. Dhar, K.R. Klimpel, and D.K. Garcia. 2002. RAPD markers as predictors of Hypodermal and Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHHNV) resistance in shrimp (Litopenaeus stylirostris). Genome 45(1):1-7.

Refugio, R.S., D.K. Garcia, K.R. Klimpel and A.K. Dhar. 2001. Nucleotide sequence of 3'-end of Taura syndrome virus of shrimp suggests that the virus is similar to a novel group of RNA viruses infecting insects. Archives of Virology 146:941-952.

Dhar, A.K., M. Pokras, D.K. Garcia, D. Evers, Z. Gordon and A.A. Alcivar-Warren. 1997. Analysis of genetic diversity in common loon (Gavia immer) using RAPD and mitochondrial RFLP techniques. Molecular Ecology 6:581-586.

Garcia, D.K., A.K. Dhar and A.A. Alcivar-Warren. 1996. Molecular analysis of a RAPD marker (B20) reveals presence of two microsatellites and differential mRNA expression in Penaeus vannamei. Marine Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 5(1): 71-83.           

Garcia, D.K. and S.K. Davis. 1994. Evidence for a mosaic hybrid zone in the grass shrimp Palaemonetes kadiakensis(Palaemonidae) as revealed by multiple genetic markers. Evolution 48:376-391.


  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Population Genetics
  • Molecular Tools in Ecology and Evolution


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