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Peromyscus Genetic Stock Center

PGSC Colony Manager

Janet Crossland, RLATG (Retiring March 2017)

Phone: 803-777-3107 or 777-1212
Fax: 803-576-5780 or email:

Janet Crossland, colony manager for the Peromyscus Genetic Stock Center since 1985, oversees the day-to-day operation of the Stock Center. She establishes matings, maintains inventory levels, enters breeding records and data into computer databases, handles requests, invoices for user fees, supervises student assistants, coordinates with the animal care staff, and handles numerous other functions related to the Stock Center.

American Society of Mammalogists (ASM)

American Association For Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)

Southeastern Branch American Association For Laboratory Animal Science (SEAALAS)

Riverbanks Zoo Society Member (Riverbanks Zoo)

2014 Nominated for the National AALAS Technician of the Year Award

2003 Employee of the Year – College of Science and Math at the University of South Carolina

Crossland, J. P., M. J. Dewey, S. C. Barlow, P. B. Vrana, M. R. Felder, and G. J. Szalai. 2014. Caring for Peromyscus spp. in research environments. Lab Anim., 43:162-166.

Shorter, K. R., V. Anderson, P. Cakora, A. Owen, K. Lo, J. Crossland, A. C. H. South, M. R. Felder, and P. B. Vrana. 2014. Pleiotropic effects of a methyl donor diet in a novel animal model. PLOS One, 9(8):e104942.

Shorter, K. R., A. Owen, V. Anderson, A. C. Hall-South, S. Hayford, P. Cakora, J. P. Crossland, V. R. Georgi, A. Perkins, S. J. Kelly, M. R. Felder, and P. B. Vrana. 2014. Natural genetic variation underlying differences in Peromyscus repetitive and social/aggressive behaviors. Behav. Genet., 44:126-135.

Wiedmeyer, C. E., J. P. Crossland, M. Veres, M. J. Dewey, M. R. Felder, S. C. Barlow, P. B. Vrana, G. Szalai. 2014. Hematologic and serum biochemical values of 4 species of Peromyscus mice and their hybrids. J. Amer. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci., 53:336-343. (pdf)

Jašarevic, E., D. H. Bailey, J. P. Crossland, W. D. Dawson, G. Szalai, M. R. Ellersieck, C. S. Rosenfeld, and D. C. Geary. 2013. Evolution of monogamy, paternal investment, and female life history in Peromyscus. J. Comp. Psychol., 127:91-102. (pdf)

Veres, M., S. Payne, P. Fernandes, J. P. Crossland, and G. Szalai. 2013. Improved technique for induction and monitoring of audiogenic seizure in deer mice. Lab Animal, 42:166-169.

Vrana P. B., K. R. Shorter, G. Szalai, M. R. Felder, J. P. Crossland, M. Veres, J. E. Allen, C. D. Wiley, A. R. Duselis, M. J. Dewey, W. D. Dawson. 2013. Peromyscus (deer mice) as developmental models. WIREs Dev Biol., doi: 10.1002/wdev.132.

Shorter, K. R., J. P. Crossland, D. Webb, G. Szalai, M. R. Felder, and P. B. Vrana. 2012. Peromyscus as a Mammalian Epigenetic Model. Genetics Res. Int., 2012(179159):11 pgs. (pdf)

Veres, M., A. R. Duselis, A. Graft, W. Pryor, J. Crossland, P. B. Vrana, G. Szalai. 2012. The biology and methodology of assisted reproduction in deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Theriogenology, 77:311-319. (pdf)

Kalcounis-Rueppell, M. C., R. Petric, J. R. Briggs, C. Carney, M. M. Marshall, J. T. Willse, O. Rueppell, D. O. Ribble, and J. P. Crossland. 2010. Differences in ultrasonic vocalizations between wild and laboratory California mice (Peromyscus californicus). PLoS One, 5:e9705. (pdf)

Hoekstra, H.E., Hirschmann, R.J., Bundey, R.J., Insel, P. and J.P. Crossland. 2006. A single amino acid mutation contributes to adaptive color pattern in beach mice. Science, 313:101-104. (pdf)

Crossland, J. and A. Lewandowski. 2006. Peromyscus - A fascinating laboratory animal model. Techtalk, 11:1-2. (pdf)

Parnell, P.G., J.P. Crossland, R.M. Beattie, and M.J. Dewey. 2005. Frequent harderian gland adenocarcinomas in inbred white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus). Comparative Medicine, 55:336-340.

Manning E., J. Crossland, M.J. Dewey, and G. Van Zant. 2002. Genetic homozygosity is associated with increased telomere length in mammalian cells. Mammal. Genome, 13:234-238. (pdf)

Joyner, C.P., L.C. Myrick, J.P. Crossland, and W.D. Dawson. 1998. Deer mice as laboratory animals. ILAR J., 39:322-330. (pdf)

Wang, L.R.K., J.P. Crossland, and W.D. Dawson. 1993. Coat color genetics of Peromyscus. II. Tan streak, a new recessive mutation in the deer mouse. J. Hered., 84:304-306. (pdf)

Dawson, W.D., M.N. Sagedy, L. En-yu, D.H. Kass, and J.P. Crossland. 1993. Growth regulation in Peromyscus hybrids: A test for mitochondrial-nuclear genomic interaction. Growth Devel. Aging, 57:121-133. (pdf)

Teed, S. K., J. P. Crossland, and W. D. Dawson. 1990. Coat color genetics of Peromyscus. 1. Ashiness, an age-dependent coat color mutation in the deer mouse. J. Hered., 81:309-313. (pdf)