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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 eight species (rat, mouse, human, chinchilla, bonobo, 13-lined ground squirrel, dog and pig). 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.

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

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
  Morgan Hill, MMP
  Matt Hoffman, BSc
  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
PhD Candidate
  Cagatay Dursun, MSc
Systems Administrator
  Kent Brodie, MSc



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