Global genomics and animal breeding group


Our research is focused in the development and improvement of breeding strategies through the use of genomic evaluations and biomarkers in order to improve animal health, fitness, longevity, robustness and welfare.

Research Projects

  • “Early life predictors of long-term health and productivity in farm animals”. Principal’s Career Development Scholarship, University of Edinburgh. 2019-2023.
  • “Genetic selection of cattle for reduced bovine Tuberculosis transmission”. Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board PhD studentship. 2020-2023.
  • “Capacity building in scientific techniques: identification of selection targets in chickens raised in African village conditions”. International Development Research Hub Global Impact Accelerator, University of Edinburgh. 2021.
  • “Identification of selection targets and development of analytical tools to optimise breeding programmes in African village chickens”. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 2018-2022.
  • “Small ruminants breeding for efficiency and resilience”. European Commission Horizon2020. 2018-2022.
  • “Innovation for sustainable sheep and goat production in Europe”. European Commission Horizon2020. 2016-2020.
  • “Measurements of telomere length at different life stages as predictive biomarkers of health, reproduction and longevity in dairy cattle”. BBSRC. 2014-2017.
  • “Genome-wide association study for bovine tuberculosis resistance in Holstein-Friesian cattle”. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 2014-2017.
  • Development of national genetic evaluations for resistance to bovine tuberculosis”. Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. 2013-2016.
  • “Next generation European system for cattle improvement and management”. European Commission FP7. 2012-2015.