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Principal Investigators By Research Division

Genetics and Genomics

Head of Department: Professor Mick Watson

Personal Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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  • Research Theme:

    I am interested in what large datasets tell us about biological function, and how we can correlate patterns in big data with phenotypes of interest in farm animal health, disease and productivity.

Group Leaders / Career Track Fellows

NameJob TitleResearch Theme
Alan ArchibaldPersonal Chair of Mammalian Molecular Genetics

Understanding the genetic control of complex traits, including responses to infectious disease, in farmed animals, primarily pigs and cattle.

Kenneth Baillie

Translational genomics in critical care medicine.

Georgios BanosUoE Honorary staff

Animal breeding, genomics and computational biology.

Mark BronsvoortPersonal Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology

I curently have a broad portfolio of interests including the epidemiology of foot-and-mouth disease and bovine tuberculosis and using molecular tools to understand transmission and spread at different scales in LMICs.

Helen BrownCore Scientist (Statisician)
Emily ClarkChancellors Fellow

My main research interests focus on transcriptomics and genomics in livestock in both production animals and indigenous African breeds. I am particularly interested in functional annotation and the transcriptional control of complex traits.

Appolinaire DjikengDirector - Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health

Livestock comparative genomics, functional genomics and metagenomics.

Tropical livestock adaptation, resilience and productivity

Tropical agriculture and sustainable development

Ian DunnPersonal Chair of Avian Biology

Using the genetics and physiology of avian reproduction allows us to develop strategies utilising traditional or marker assisted selection to tackle problems as diverse as osteoporosis in laying hens, growth and reproduction in meat type birds, antimicrobial activity of egg white and shell quality in laying hens.

Tom FreemanPersonal Chair of Systems Immunology

Network modelling and experimental manipulation of clinically relevant immune pathways.

Elizabeth GlassPersonal Chair of Veterinary Immunogenetics

Immunogenetics and functional genomics of disease resistance and immune responsiveness traits in livestock species.

Chris Haley

Understanding complex trait variation in humans and other species.

John HickeyChair of Animal Breeding

Our group AlphaGenes focusses on the development and application of quantitative genetics methods and computational approaches for animal and plant breeding programs collected at the AlphaSuite. Currently our overarching research aim relates to the development of what we call Genomic Selection 2.0. We envisage that GS2.0 would be underpinned by huge quantities of sequence data generated at low cost and could enable several new ways of driving genetic improvement and biological insight. 

Ross HoustonPersonal Chair of Aquaculture Genetics

Our research group focus on understanding the genetic basis of disease resistance in aquaculture species, and developing methods of selective breeding for improved resistance.

Rowland KaoChair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science
Stephen KempChair of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health
Andreas KranisSenior Research Fellow / Group Leader

Leverage Big Genomic Data through novel computational and bionformatics approaches to dissect genetically complex traits to improve efficiency and robustness of farmed animal species

Andy LawGroup Leader/Senior Research Fellow

The development of simple-to-use systems for handling and reformatting data for genetic analyses.

Tom MichoelReader

Development and application of analytical methods and software to model the complex variations of traits and diseases between cell types, tissues and individuals using large-scale multi-omics data.

Adrian MuwongeBBSRC Future Leader Fellow
James PrendergastSenior Research Fellow
Christelle RobertRoslin Research Fellow

Christelle is interested in the application of computational approaches to genomics, transcriptomics and metagenomics data analysis and she is currently initiating collaborations to study the impact of stress factors on the gut-brain axis in livestock species.

Jeffrey SchoenebeckChancellors Fellow

Genetic, genomic, and phenotyping approaches to studying the biological mechanisms that underlie canine morphology and disease.

Jacqueline SmithCareer Track Fellow

Genomics of Avian Viral Infections

Albert TenesaPersonal chair of Quantitative Genetics

Understanding how genetic variation influences normal and pathological variation in humans.

Kellie WatsonDirector of the National Avian Research Facility
Pam WienerReader

Application of population and quantitative genetic approaches to dissect the genetic basis of phenotypic traits in domesticated animal species and to analyze the processes of domestication and breed development.

Andrea WilsonPersonal Chair

The Doeschl-Wilson group investigates how the genetics of individuals affects the spread of infectious disease, both within an animal and between animals. We are an interdisciplinary group of scientists aiming to effectively combine field and laboratory experiments with mathematical modelling and quantitative genetics theory, with the ultimate aim to improve livestock health and resilience.   

John WoolliamsPersonal Chair of Mathematical Genetics

Quantitative genetics of selected and managed populations, design and operation of breeding schemes, prediction of genetic merit for complex traits and genetic epidemiology.

Clinical Research Associates

NameJob TitleResearch Theme
Catriona BellReader

Veterinary Education, Faculty Development, Student Learning, Peer-Assisted Learning, Student Experience, Curriculum Mapping, Knowledge Dissemination/ Transfer

Dylan ClementsSenior Lecturer Small Animal Orthopaedics

Veterinary clinical orthopaedics, the epidemiology of health aging in dog populations, and the genetic basis and functional aspects of osteoarthritis.

Geoff CulshawSenior Lecturer

The relationship between renal handling of salt in early diabetes mellitus and regulation of blood pressure

Molecular mechanisms in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease

Inheritance and genetics of cardiac accessory pathways in UK Labrador retrievers

Endothelial dysfunction in dogs in naturally occurring risk factors for metabolic syndrome

Jon HallSenior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (soft tissue)

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome in dogs, near infra-red fluorescent imaging modalities and the genetic basis of pectus excavatum and atresia ani in cats

Ian HandelSenior Lecturer

The use of quantitative statistical and epidemiological methods to address questions of animal/human health and disease surveillance.

Amy JenningsResearch Fellow EPIC 3 (Epidemiology, Economics and Risk)

Temporal and individual variation in worm egg counts within a population.

The epidemiology of Border Disease 

Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon

Tiziana LiutiSenior Lecturer
Alastair MacraePersonal Chair of Farm Animal Health and Production

Monitoring of farm animal health including the links between nutrition, health and productivity in cattle and sheep.

Rob OgdenHead of Conservation Genetics
Richard ReardonSenior Lecturer in Equine Surgery

I have many interests related to clinically relevant equine veterinary surgery.

Studies currently underway:

An investigation of the closure time of skull suture lines in horses.

Cadaveric, radiographic and CT examination of the anatomy of the nasal conchal bullae of horses.

Cadaveric and CT anatomy of equine cheek teeth and paranasal sinuses

Surveys of equine peripheral caries

Evaluation of stress affecting equids during hospital examinaion

Racehorse knowledge transfer