About Genetic Foundations

Company Overview

Genetic Foundations is privately held and located in Philomath, Oregon, near the campus of Oregon State University. Dr. David E. Harry, President and Founder, began Genetic Foundations on the belief that the growing availability and awareness of genetics and genomics would stimulate the need for ready access to expertise in these fast-moving areas. Our guiding philosophy is that whatever your need for genetics expertise, Genetic Foundations can help you identify the best approach, get you started, and provide expert assistance along your path. Some customers are large companies who occasionally require specialized expertise in certain areas. Other customers include smaller companies or individuals who require assistance in carrying out genetic tests or interpreting test results.

Dr. David E. Harry, President and Founder

With more than 30 years of experience in plant and animal genetics, Dr. Harry brings a wealth of knowledge to Genetic Foundations. He has a track record of successfully designing and implementing genetic programs, developing novel assays, and analyzing and interpreting genetic data of various types. Dr. Harry founded Genetic Foundations in 2003.

Prior to Genetic Foundations, Dr. Harry worked as Director of Plant and Animal Genetics for a small biotech startup in the Bay Area. For eight years, he also worked as Molecular Geneticist for a major international poultry breeding company where he honed his skills in the areas of molecular breeding and in research management and coordination. During this time, he also continued to apply skills in quantitative and population genetics, conventional breeding, and quantitative analyses and information technologies.

In 1999, for example, Dr. Harry established and managed a high throughput genotyping facility where he designed and implemented a program of marker-accelerated breeding to produce new commercial breeding lines. By using DNA markers, line development was reduced by 1-2 generations relative to conventional breeding.

While conducting research in collaboration with the US Forest Service (1992-1998), Dr. Harry led the development of a novel approach to assay single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in conifers to accelerate genetic mapping in these economically important tree species. This technique is still being actively used today.

While on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1987-1992), Dr. Harry's research was instrumental in establishing that conifer genomes contain an unexpectedly large number of complex gene families. One of these gene families, alcohol dehydrogenase, was subsequently found to exhibit novel physiological and biochemical functions in trees relative to herbaceous plants.

As a graduate student and a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Harry helped pioneer the implementation of novel genetic manipulations and assays in conifers.

Dr. Harry is the author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he has also delivered many technical and scientific presentations at trade shows, customer meetings, and scientific organizations. Dr. Harry's scientific expertise and judgment has been sought out through service on several USDA (NRI) panels, as well as frequent reviewer of proposals and manuscripts.


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