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PhD Student


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biology – Whitworth University, Spokane, WA

Research Interests

  • Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine


Griffin is a PhD student in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University (WSU), Spokane. He grew up in Spokane, WA and is a Whitworth University alumnus. His background is in canine and feline genetic testing. His previous work focused on assay design and validation for various genotyping platforms, along with novel mutation discovery via Sanger Sequencing.


  1. Shaffer GD, Ballif BC, Meurs K, Shaffer LG, Flores-Smith H. Identification of a novel missense mutation in the fibroblast growth factor 5 gene associated with longhair in the Maine Coon Cat. Hum Genet. 2021 Nov;140(11):1517-1523. doi: 10.1007/s00439-021-02373-1. Epub 2021 Oct 1.


Telephone: (509) 368-6535


Office Location: Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences Building,  Room# PBS-322, Spokane, WA