Combined DVM/PhD Degree Program



Erin Chu, Current Student

Erin ChuErin Chu, DVM
Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paul Soloway




Brief Biography

Erin grew up in various places including Poughkeepsie, New York, Singapore, Beijing, China, and Austin, Texas. While pursuing her bachelor’s in Biological Sciences at Cornell University, she decided to give basic science research a try…and never stopped. Erin has a research focus in epigenetics. In her free time Erin rides her horse Honor, reads books that aren’t textbooks, and hangs out with her dog Shiloh. She is also a member of the vet a capella group Ultrasound and the vet acting troupe, the Vet Players.


DVM, Cornell University, 2014
B.S. in Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 2010

Research Interests

Erin has contributed to research projects examining the genetics of body size diversity in the domestic dog and horse, mechanisms of X-Chromosome Inactivation in mouse embryonic stem cells, and maternal factors contributing to embryonic development. These experiences have developed a strong interest in epigenetics and the regulation of gene expression. Erin’s current research in the Soloway lab focuses on the RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation of an imprinted locus.

Publications & Presentations

Makvandi-Nejad S, Hoffman GE, Allen JJ, Chu E, Gu E, Chandler AM, Loredo AI, Bellone RR, Mezey JG, Brooks SA, and Sutter NB (2012). Four loci explain 83% of size variation in the horse. PLoS ONE 7(7): e39929. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039929.

 Brooks SA, Makvandi-Nejad S, Chu E., Allen JJ, Streeter C, Gu E, McCleery B, Murphy B, Bellone RR, and Sutter NB (2010). Morphological variation in the horse: defining complex traits of body size and shape. Animal Genetics 41: Suppl 2:159-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2052.2010.02127.x.