Dr Jacqueline Smith

Group Leader


After obtaining my PhD in genetics from St. Andrews University I started working as a post-doc at The Roslin Institute, where I’ve been ever since. During this time, I worked alongside Prof Dave Burt in the field of avian genomics and now lead my own group in the same area. My interests lie primarily in examining the host response to avian viral infections and trying to understand the genetic mechanisms of resistance; particularly with regard to Marek’s Disease Virus and avian flu. I also work as part of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and health (CTLGH), which is a collaboration between Roslin, SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) and ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) in Africa.

Area of Expertise

Research Expertise: Avian Genomics

Collaborative Activity

  • Dr. Janet Fulton, Hyline International, Iowa, USA

  • Dr. Rachel Hawken, Cobb-Vantress,  Arkansas, USA

  • Prof. Jim Kaufman, Cambridge/Edinburgh, UK

  • Dr. Andrew Mason, York, UK

  • Dr. Kirsty Short, Queensland, Australia

  • Dr. Laurent Frantz, Munich/London

  • Dr. Lingzhao Fang, Edinburgh, UK

  • Prof. Emiliano Lasagna, Perugia, Italy

  • Prof. Morris Soller, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

  • Prof. Olivier Hanotte, ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia/Nottingham, UK
  • Prof. Zhuo-Cheng Hou, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of St Andrews Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews


PhD - Genetics - University of St. Andrews (1997)

BSc - Biochemistry with Microbiology - University of St. Andrews (1992)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Editorial Board of Genes

Senior Editorial Board Member for BMC Genomics

Section Editor for British Poultry Science

Associate Editor for Cytogenetic and Genome Research

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Past PhD students supervised

Research students

Joshua Mountford (MScR) (2020-2021)

Callum Donnelly (PhD student) (2017 to 2020)

Elvire Berthenet (internship from ENSTBB, Bordeaux) (2013-2014)

Research summary

Genomics of Avian Viral Infections

Current research interests

Development and improvement of avian genomes; Genetics of host resistance to avian influenza in different avian species; Identification of candidate genes for resistance to Marek’s Disease Virus; Analysis of genotypes and phenotypes for backyard poultry production in sub-Saharan Africa; Investigating seasonal genomics of wild sparrows

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