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Mark Berres , Assistant Professor                  

Department of Animal Science;
542 Animal Science Bldg.
1675 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 890-1086
Fax: 608.262.5157

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BS, Genetics and Cellular Biology, University of Minnesota-St Paul. 1994
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2003.

Research Interests:
My research interests include a broad range of scientific disciplines including evolutionary biology, population genetics, genomic science, biotechnology and ornithology. I am most interested in understanding how biotic and abiotic processes shape the distribution of genetic variance in natural populations of animals, particularly in birds. However, despite the wide array of powerful genetic technologies currently available, none are well-suited for use in genetically-uncharacterized organisms. Because of this limitation, I have an equally matched interest in developing and implementing suitable technologies able to acquire genotypes from individuals in natural populations.

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Faculty Senate (2007-2008)


Fu VX, Dobosy JR, Desotelle JA, Almassi N, Ewald JA, Srinivansan R, Berres M, Svaren J, Weindruch R, Jarrard DF. 2008. Aging and cancer-related loss of insulin-like growth factor 2 imprinting in the mouse and human prostate. Cancer Res 68: 6797-6802.

Berres M E. 2004. A male restricted migration-recruitment-dominance process is responsible for the genetic structure observed in White-bearded Manakins (Manacus manacus). (submitted to Evolution).

Berres, M E, Engels WR 2004. Loss of selectively neutral alleles in small populations of Drosophila melanogaster. (submitted to PNAS).

Berres ME, Flores C, Engels W R. 2004. Rapid purification of recombinant Thermus aquaticus DNA polymerase I using nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid (Ni-NTA) affinity chromatography. (submitted to Biotechniques).

Berres ME, Engels WR, Kirsch JAW. 2004. A method to determine genotypes of AFLP markers by determination of allele copy number. (submitted to Genetics).

Bleiweiss R, Hendrickson SL, Berres ME, Willis YO, Willis EO. 2003. Affinities of the Saw-billed Hermit (Ramphodon naevius) determined by cytochrome-b sequence data. The Wilson Bulletin 115: 1-10.

Berres ME. 2002.  Long-term persistence of White-bearded Manakin (Manacus manacus) leks in the Arima Valley of Trinidad, West Indies. Studies in Trinidad and Tobago Ornithology  (F. E. Hayes and S. A. Temple, eds.). Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Occasional Papers 11, 131-138.

Kusano K, Berres ME, Engels WR. 1999. Evolution of the RECQ family of helicases: A drosophila homolog, Dmblm, is similar to the human Bloom syndrome gene. Genetics 151:1027-1039.

McLaughlin D J, Frieders EM,  Berres, ME, Doubles, JC, Wick SW. 1996. Immunofluorescence analysis of the microtubule cytoskeleton in the yeast phase of the basidiomycetes Kriegeria eriophori and Septobasidium carestianum. Mycologia 88: 339-349.

Berres,ME., Szabo, LJ, McLaughlin DJ. 1995. Phylogenetic relationships in auriculariaceous basidiomycetes based on 25S ribosomal DNA sequences. Mycologia 87: 821-840.

McLaughlin,DJ, Berres,ME, Szabo LJ. 1995. Molecules and morphology in basidiomycete phylogeny. Canadian Journal of Botany 73: S684-S692.


Optical fingerprinting of nucleic acid sequences. 2006. In review (WARF).

Method of genotyping by determination of allele copy number. 2001. P00328US (WARF)

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