Animal Genetics and Breeding

The research group conducts research in the areas animal genetics, genomics, quantitative genetics, and animal breeding using molecular genetics, modeling and computational tools. We identify and validate genomic and epigenetic components that play key roles for disease and other performance traits.

Furthermore, we develop and apply quantitative and animal breeding methodologies to enhance sustainable animal production and health. Applying mathematical and statistical tools to high-throughput data, we study functional effects of genomic variation to improve breeding. We exploit comparative genomics and develop animal models for human diseases by exploiting relevant natural variation inherent to animal populations.

Centres and consortia, in which members of the research group participate: