James Mickelson, MS, PhD

James Mickelson

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-1246

Lab Phone 612-624-5322

Mailing Address:
295F AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Veterinary Biology, University of Minnesota

PhD, Meat & Animal Science (Muscle Biology), University of Wisconsin—Madison

MS, Meat & Animal Science (Muscle Biology), University of Wisconsin—Madison

BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin—Madison



Genomics, Muscle Physiology

Awards & Recognition

  • Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2004, 2012.
  • University Innovations Award, Patents and Technology Marketing, University of Minnesota, 2012.


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Mickelson is an expert in the molecular and genetic basis of neuromuscular disease in animals. His group has identified genes for inherited neuromuscular diseases in both horses (overo lethal white syndrome, glycogen branching enzyme deficiency, polysaccharide storage myopathy) and dogs (malignant hyperthermia, exercise-induced collapse, polyneuropathies) that serve as comparative animal models for several human conditions. He is currently performing genetic association analyses for exertional rhabdomyolysis in horses, as well as several forms of canine idiopathic epilepsy, exercise collapse, leukoencephalomyelopathy and polyneuropathies.




  • CVM6902 - Veterinary Biochemistry, Nutrition and Genetics, Course Coordinator
  • CVM6004 - Critical Scientific Reading, Participant
  • CVM6901 - Veterinary Physiology, Lecturer
  • BioC5444 - Muscle, Lecturer