Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis, The University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USABiography
Dr. Fernando Benavides is Associate Professor and Director of the Genetic Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, Texas, USA. He is a laboratory animal veterinarian and geneticist with extensive experience in describing mouse models involving spontaneous mutations. Dr. Benavides received a D.V.M (1986) and a Ph.D. (1998) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His Ph.D. training program was done at the laboratory of Dr. Jean-Louis Gunet at Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. Dr. Benavides is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2003 and he serves as Chief IACUC veterinarian for the MD Anderson Smithville campus. The overall goal of his research is to define new mouse models through forward genetics and as of June 2013 he has published 50 peer-reviewed publications plus books and book chapters on mouse genetics. As the Director of the Genetics Services he advises and coordinates speed congenics projects, genetic monitoring, background characterizations, and whole genome scans for MD Anderson investigators. He also provides free consultation on rodent genetics (including strain selection and standard nomenclature). He is regularly invited to give short courses and seminars on rodent genetics in many countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Uruguay.