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The Rat Genome Database (RGD) was established in 1999 and rapidly became the premier site for genetic, genomic, phenotype, and disease-related data generated from rat research. In addition, RGD has expanded to include a large body of structured and standardized data for ten species (rat, mouse, human, chinchilla, bonobo, 13-lined ground squirrel, dog, pig, green monkey/vervet and naked mole-rat). Much of this data is the result of manual curation work by RGD curators. In other instances, it has been imported into RGD from other databases through custom ELT (Extract, Load and Transform) pipelines giving RGD users integrated access to a wide variety of data to support their research efforts. RGD also offers a growing suite of innovative tools for querying, analyzing and visualizing this data making it a valuable resource for researchers worldwide.

RGD is deeply committed to the principles of FAIR data exchange, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. Our data is freely available for use and download. The code for our tools is available on GitHub at Our use of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to standardize our representation of data allows us to integrate data from diverse sources and make them both accessible and interoperable. We actively collaborate with researchers and other databases to develop and promote the use of such vocabularies and data standards in support of the FAIR principles. One illustration of RGD’s participation in the establishment and use of FAIR data standards and data exchange is’s network diagram for RGD, seen here.

To cite RGD:

Please use the following reference:
The Year of the Rat: The Rat Genome Database at 20: a multi-species knowledgebase and analysis platform.
Smith JR, Hayman GT, Wang SJ, Laulederkind SJF, Hoffman MJ, Kaldunski ML, Tutaj M, Thota J, Nalabolu HS, Ellanki SLR, Tutaj MA, De Pons JL, Kwitek AE, Dwinell MR, Shimoyama ME.
Nucleic Acids Res. 2019 Nov 12. pii: gkz1041. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz1041.

RGD Species

Rat Mouse Human Chinchilla Bonobo
Dog 13-lined Ground
Pig Green

RGD Personnel

Principal Investigator
  Anne Kwitek, PhD
  Mindy Dwinell, PhD
Project Manager
  Jennifer Smith, MSc
Bioinformatics Manager
  Jeff De Pons, BSc
Research Scientists and Curators
  Wendy Demos, MSc
  Tom Hayman, PhD
  Mary Kaldunski, BSc
  Stan Laulederkind, PhD
  Monika Tutaj, PhD
  Mahima Vedi, PhD
  Shur-Jen Wang, PhD
  Adam Gibson, BSc
  Logan Lamers, BSc
  Harika Nalabolu, MSc
  Ketaki Thorat, BCE
  Jyothi Thota, MSc
  Marek Tutaj, MSc
Database Administrator
  Stacy Zacher, MSc
Systems Administrator
  Kent Brodie, MSc
Scientific Advisory Board
  James Amos-Landgraf, Ph.D., University of Missouri
  Bill Hogan, M.D., M.S., University of Florida College of Medicine
  Sandy Martin, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver
  Carolyn Mattingly, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
  Martin W. McBride, Ph.D., University of Glasgow
  Abe Palmer, Ph.D., University of California San Diego
  Joel Richardson, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory
  Peter Robinson, M.D., MSc., Jackson Laboratory
  Laura Saba, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver
  Jim Shull, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison



RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.