Professor of Biology
Untied States Department of Agriculture – ARS (1993)
University of Missouri, Ph.D. (1993)
Texas A&M University, M.Sc. (1989)
Texas A&M University, B.Sc. (1983)
My general interests are in genome structure and function, including epigenetics; and bioinformatics from the whole organism level to the molecular level.
Specific Goals: Exploring two distinctly different areas of research that includes both plant and mammalian genetics, 1) genome structure and functional relationships, in prokaryotic, mammalian, and plant systems, and 2) population structures and dynamics of critically endangered breeds of equine through pedigree database development, research, and analyses with applications to the genetic analyses of human genealogical databases. The focus of the first goal is primarily directed towards the analysis of
agronomically and horticulturally important crops of the Gramineae and Orchidaceae, respectively, but has applications in other species. The second goal provides a means of analysis of economically important genetic traits in otherwise relatively homogeneous populations of more common breeds of equine.
In our research, we:
- Perform genetics analyses on genomic and transcriptomic sequences of plant species to identify key genes associated with specific traits or functions.
- Characterize changes in sequences through the development and use of genetic algorithms and comparative genome analysis software tools.
- Develop genome analyses based on theoretical approaches to problems in genome structure and gene expression
- Develop biocomputational algorthims through collaborative research for genomic research
- Analyze data collections for patterns of inheritance in sub-population structures with limited heterozygosity.
- Develop database structures through collaborative research for population genetic analyses
Huang, Litt, and Blakey eds. "Epigenetic Gene Expression and Regulation.” Elsevier/ Academic Press, New York.
Blakey, C. Ann and Michael D. Litt (2016) Epigenetic gene expression - An Introduction. In "Epigenetic Gene Expression and Regulation. Huang, Litt, and Blakey eds. Elsevier/ Academic Press, New York.
Blakey, C. Ann and Michael D. Litt (2016) Histone Modifications - Models and Mechanisms. In "Epigenetic Gene Expression and Regulation. Huang, Litt, and Blakey eds. Elsevier/ Academic Press, New York.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, A. Blakey and S. Saha. 2014. Network motif identification and structure detection with graphical models. Network Biology 14(4): 155-169.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, and A. Blakey. 2012. Graphical Modeling for High Dimensional Data. J Mod. Appl. Stat. Meth. Nov 2012, 11 (2): 457-468.
Tarakanova, T.K. , V.A. Sokolov, E.A. Abdyrakhmanova, S.A. Blakey [C.A. Blakey] 2008. Wide Hybridization as a source of increasing cereal plant biodiversity. Вестник ВОГиС [Herald of the Vavilov Society for Geneticist and Breeding Scientists], 12:672.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, A. Blakey. 2008. The Biocomputational Immersive Learning. In Ball State University Mathematics Exchange, Spring 2008, 5(1): 10 pages.
Blakey, C., Costich, D., Sokolov, V., Islam-Faridi, M. 2007. Tripsacum genetics: from observations along a river to molecular genomics. Maydica. 52:81-99.
International Conference Proceedings Articles (Peer-Reviewed)
Blakey, C. Ann 2012 "Biological Databases, Data Mining Tools & Approaches to the Analysis of Chromosome Structures" Proceedings of the International Conference on Statistical Data Mining for Bioinformatics Health, Agriculture and Environment, 21-24 December 2012, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
Blakey, C. Ann, 2012 "Biocomputational Approaches to Molecular, Biological & Genetic Data: Pre-Conference Workshop on Biocomputations. Proceedings of the International Conference on Statistical Data Mining for Bioinformatics Health, Agriculture and Environment, 21-24 December 2012, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, and A. Blakey. 2012. Network motif identification and structure detection with graphical models. 2012 Mini EURO Conference on Computational Biology, Bioinformatics & Medicine, September 13-15, 2012, Nottingham, UK.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, and A. Blakey. 2011. Graphical Models for High Dimensional Data. Paper in “Proceedings of the International Biometric Society” (ENAR)/ Aerican Statistical Association. ENAR Conference, March 20-23, 2011, Miami Beach, FL.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, and A. Blakey. 2011. Graphical Models for Very Large Datasets. Statistical Methods for Very Large Datasets Conference, June 1-3, 2-11, Baltimore, Maryland.
Begum, M., J. Bagga, and A. Blakey. 2011. Statistical Challenges in Modeling and Analyzing High Dimensional Data. Proceedings of Challenges in Statistics and Operations Research Conference CSOR 2011 Conference. March 8 – 10, 2011, Kuwait University.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles
Miglinets, A., V.A. Sokolov, A. Blakey, T.K. Tarakanova. 2009. Evolutionary Divergence of the genes Dek1 and Agpsem (agp1) of Tripsacum and Zea mays. Maize Genetics Cooperation Newsletter, 83: 30.
Sokolov, V.A., C.A. Blakey, T.K. Tarakanova and E.A. Abdyrahmanova. (February) 2008. Effect of Mutagens on Imprinting Expression in Apomicts. Maize Cooperation Newsletter, 82:23.
FHANA Health Committee (. (2016) The Healthy Friesian: Megaesophagus. In The Friesian, Official publication of the Friesian Horse Association of North America, April/May 2016, pgs 46-49.
Monica Muehlhause-Horn and the FHANA Health Committee (Committee: Monica Muehlhause-Horn. (2015) The Healthy Friesian: Keeping your cool when it soars past ninety! In The Friesian, Official publication of the Friesian Horse Association of North America, July/Aug 2015, pgs 46-49.
Blakey, A. 2009. A Rare & Endangered Equine Database Foundation Breed: The American Cream Draft Horse. In: American Cream Draft Horse News, 19 (3): 5.
Grybas, A. and A. Blakey. 2011 A Bioinformatics Analysis of the Relationship between Stowaway-like Transposable Elements and Scaffold/Matrix Attachment Regions. 16th Annual Ball State University Student Symposium, March 29, 2011, Muncie, IN.
Blakey, C.A., J.M. Carroll, J.D. Fortriede, C.M. Soeurt, A.E. Grybas, J. Brentin, S. Mahl, B. Brenneman, A. Ara, J, Key. 2010. B.R.E.E.D.S. Database Information Dissemination, Rare Breeders Demonstrations. Equine Affaire, April 9-11, 2010, Columbus, OH.
Carroll, J.M., J.D. Fortriede, C.M. Soeurt, A.E. Grybas, S.E. Mahl, J. Brentin, B.R. Lucas, V. Tollman, G. Cothran, C. Luer, and C.A. Blakey. 2010. Design and Development of the Rare and Endangered Equines Database System (BREEDatabaseS). XVIII International Plant & Animal Genome Conference, January 9-13, 2010, San Diego, CA
Blakey, C.A. 2010. BREEDS, an equine database system designed to meet the needs of researchers and breeders alike. In Proceedings of the American Cream Draft Horse of America (ACDHA) National Meetings. November 4-6, 2010, Columbia, MO.
Mahoui, M., C.A. Blakey, Krishna N. Cheemalavagupalli, A.S. Padmanabhan. 2008. Biofacets: a Faceted Dynamic Data Classification and Integration Management System for Biological Information. XVI International Plant & Animal Genome Conference, January 11-17, 2008, San Diego, CA.
Delongchamp, S.R., C.A. Blakey, M. Christoffers, J.P. Gustafson. 2008. Bioinformatics Analysis of Predicted S/MARs and Associated Stowaway Transposon Locations in the Gramineae. XVI International Plant & Animal Genome Conference, January 11-17, 2008, San Diego, CA.
Sokolov, V.A., C.A. Blakey, T.K. Tarakanova and E.A. Abdyrahmanova. 2007. Effect of Mutagens on Imprinting Expression in Apomicts. 3rd International Conference on Apomixis held in Gatersleben Germany, June 27 - July 2, 2007.
Sokolov, VA; Blakey, CA; Tarakanova, TK; Abdyrahmanova, EA. 2008. Effect of mutagens on imprinting expression in apomictic maize-Tripsacum hybrids. International Maize Genetics Conference Abstracts, 50:P13, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C.
Mohammed, JP; Blakey, CA. 2008. Isolation of Tripsacum dactyloides genes using putative apomixis genes from Pennisetum ciliare. International Maize Genetics Conference Abstracts, 50:P91, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C.
Blakey, C.A. 2012. Coat Color Genetic Analysis of the Kerry Bog Pony Foundation Stallions. Report for the Irish Kerry Bog Pony Society, Ireland and the American Kerry Bog Pony Society, OH.