Associate Professor, Biology

401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Box: 3F
Tampa, FL 33606
(813) 257-3551

Rebecca Bellone

1996 University of Florida, B.S.
2001 University of Kentucky, Ph.D.
Courses Taught
Biological Diversity
Biological Unity
Environmental Science
Molecular Biology
Senior Seminar
Career Specialties
Rebecca Bellone specializes in veterinary science, specifically molecular biology related to animal genetics. Her research interests focus on the genetic basis of coat color and associated disorders in the horse. Her main project investigates the genes responsible for leopard complex spotting (also known as appaloosa spotting) as well as the association of one of these genes, namely LP, with an eye disorder called congenital stationary night blindness. She is also interested in other genetic aspects of the horse including eye color and morphometric traits.
Professional and Community Activities:
Bellone is a member of The Appaloosa Project and is a co-investigator in internationally funded collaborations. She is frequently invited to speak at international conferences about the genetics of horse spotting. She is a member of the International Society of Animal Genetics and Equine Science Society, as well as Alpha Epsilon Delta honor society.

Her recent publications include:

Pruvost, M., Bellone, R., Beneck, N., Sandoval-Castellanos, E.,  Cieslak, M., Kuznetsova, T.,  Morales-Muñiz, A.,  O’Connor,  T., Reissmann, M., Hofreiter, M., & Arne Ludwig (2011) Genotypes of predomestic horses match phenotypes painted in Paleolithic works of cave art. PNAS 108 (46):186260-18630.

Sandmeyer, L. S., Bellone, R. R., Archer, S., Bauer, B. S., Nelson, J., Forsyth, G. and Grahn, B. H. (2011), Congenital stationary night blindness is associated with the leopard complex in the miniature horse. Veterinary Ophthalmology. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-5224.2011.00903.x

Brooks, S.A., Makvandi-Nejad, S., Chu, E., Allen, J., Streeter, C., Gu, E., McCleery, B., Murphy, B.A., Bellone, R., and Sutter, N.B. (2010) Morphological Variation in the Horse: Defining Complex Traits of Body Size and Shape. Animal Genetics 41(Suppl. 2): 159-165.

Bellone R.R., S. ArcherS., Wade, C.M., Cuka-Lawson, C.,  Haase, B.,  Leeb,T.,  Forsyth, G.,  Sandmeyer, L., and Grahn, B. (2010) Association analysis of candidate SNPs in TRPM1 with leopard complex spotting (LP) and congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB) in horses.  Animal Genetics 41(Suppl. 2): 207.

Bellone, R.R.  (2010) Pleiotropic effects of pigmentation genes in horses. Animal Genetics 41(Suppl. 2): 100–110.

Bellone, R
., Forsyth, G., Leeb, T., Archer, S., Sigurdsson, S., Mauceli, E., Engensteiner, M., Bailey, E., Sandmeyer, L., Grahn, B.,  Lindblad-Toh, K., and Wade, C. (2010) Fine-mapping and Mutation Analysis of TRPM1 a Candidate Gene for Leopard Complex (LP) Spotting and Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB) in Horses. Briefings in Functional Genomics 9 (3):193-207.

Wade, C.M., Giulotto, E., Sigurdsson, S., Zoli, M., Gnerre, S., Imsland, F., Lear, T.L., Adelson, D.L., Bailey, E., Bellone, R.R., Blöcker, H., Distl, O., Edgar, R.C., Garber, M., Leeb, T., Mauceli, E., MacLeod, J.N., Penedo, M.C.T., Raison,  J.M., Sharpe, T., Vogel, J., Andersson, L., Antczak,  D.F., Biagi, T., Binns,  M.M., Chowdhary, B.P., Coleman, S.J., Della Valle, G., Fryc,  S., Guérin, G., Hasegawa, T., Hill, E.W., Jurka, J., Kiialainen, A., Lindgren, G., Liu, J., Magnani, E., Mickelson, J.R., Murray, J., Nergadze, S.G., Onofrio, R., Pedroni, S., Piras, M.F., Raudsepp, T., Rocchi, M., Røed, K.H., Ryder, O.A., Searle S., Skow, L., Swinburne, J.E., Syvänen, A.C., Tozaki, T., Valberg, S.J., Vaudin, M., White, J.R., Zody, M.C., Broad Institute Genome Sequencing Platform, Broad Institute Whole Genome Assembly Team, Lander, E.S., and Lindblad-Toh , K. (2009)  Genome sequence, comparative analysis and population genetics of the domestic horse (Equus caballus). Science: 326(5954):865-867.

Cook, D., Brooks, S., Bellone, R., and Bailey, E.  (2008) Missense Mutation in Exon 2 of SLC36A1 Responsible for Champagne Dilution in Horses.PLoS Genetics 4(9): e1000195 doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000195.

Bellone, R., Brooks, S., Murphy, B., Sandmeyer, L., Forsyth, G., Archer, S., Bailey, E., and Grahn, B. (2008) Differential gene expression of TRPM1, the potential cause of congenital stationary night blindness and coat spotting patterns (LP) in Appaloosa horses (Equus caballus).Genetics179:1861-1870.
Honors and Awards
Bellone has received several awards as a scholar, including All-American Scholar as well as the Outstanding Student Research Award and the Outstanding Scholar award from the College of Natural and Health Sciences.