Genetics and Genomics
Acting Head of Division:
Deputy Head of Division:
Group Leaders / Career Track Fellows
|Professor Mick Watson||Personal Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology||
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.
|Professor Alan Archibald||Personal Chair of Mammalian Molecular Genetics||
Understanding the genetic control of complex traits, including responses to infectious disease, in farmed animals, primarily pigs and cattle.
Characterization of the genomes of Suina species, including domestic pigs (Sus scrofa), Common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus), Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus) and Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu).
|Dr Kenneth Baillie||Snr. Clinical Research Fellow in Anaesthesia & Critical Care||
Translational genomics in critical care medicine.
|Professor Georgios Banos||UoE Honorary staff||
Animal breeding, genomics and computational biology.
|Professor Mark Bronsvoort||Personal Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology||
I currently 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.
|Dr Helen Brown||Core Scientist (Statisician)||
To date my main research interest has been in mixed (or multilevel) models. These involve identifying and accounting for sources of variation and correlation structures in the data and offer potential advantages over conventional modelling methods including: improved efficiency, more appropriate variances and correlations, wider inference and offer the potential to overcome problems caused by missing data.
At The Roslin Institute my research will involve providing the statistical contribution to collaborative scientific research using a range of methods and developing novel statistical approaches to particular problems arising where appropriate. I expect to develop my research in mixed models further in addressing applications arising within the Institute.
|Dr Emily Clark||Chancellors 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.
|Professor Appolinaire Djikeng||Director - Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health||
|Professor Andrea Wilson||Personal 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.
|Dr Ian Dunn||Professor||
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.
|Dr Gregor Gorjanc||Chancellor's Fellow||
I lead the HighlanderLab, which focuses on managing and improving populations using data science, genetics, and breeding.
We focus on populations used for food, feed, and fibre production with some spillover into other populations.
We are particularly interested in:
(i) methods for genetics and breeding,
(ii) design and optimisation of breeding programmes, and
(iii) analysis of data to unravel biology and to find new ways of improving populations.
|Professor Rowland Kao||Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science|
|Professor Stephen Kemp||Chair of Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health|
|Dr Andreas Kranis||Senior 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
|Dr Andy Law||Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow||
The development of simple-to-use systems for handling and reformatting data for genetic analyses.
|Dr Adrian Muwonge||BBSRC Future Leader Fellow|
|Dr James Prendergast||Group Leader|
|Dr Diego Robledo||Career Track Fellow||
My main interest is to understand responses to pathogens in aquaculture species. I use functional genomics to understand differences in resistance / susceptibility and learn about the genomic mechanisms underpinning successful immune responses. The final goal is to exploit this knowledge to produce disease resistant animals through genome editing and genomic selection.
My research involves the whole range of genetic and genomic technologies, including genome assemblies and other genomic tools, animal breeding methods, functional genomics or genome editing.
To learn more about the research of the aquaculture genetics group at the Roslin Institute, please visit https://www.ed.ac.uk/roslin/aquaculture
|Dr Jeffrey Schoenebeck||Chancellors Fellow||
Genetic, genomic, and phenotyping approaches to studying the biological mechanisms that underlie canine morphology and disease.
|Dr Jacqueline Smith||Group Leader||
Genomics of Avian Viral Infections
|Professor Albert Tenesa||Personal chair of Quantitative Genetics||
Understanding how genetic variation influences normal and pathological variation in humans.
|Dr Kellie Watson||Director of the National Avian Research Facility|
|Dr Pam Wiener||Reader||
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.
Clinical Research Associates
|Name (sorted in ascending order)||Role||Research Interests|
|Professor Dylan Clements||Professor of Small Animal Orthopaedics, Head of Small Animal Surgery||
|Dr Geoff Culshaw||Head of Cardiology Service, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine||
|Dr Ian Handel||Senior Lecturer||
The use of quantitative statistical and epidemiological methods to address questions of animal/human health and disease surveillance.
|Dr Amy Jennings||Lecturer in Production Animal Infectious Disease Management||
Temporal and individual variation in worm egg counts within a population.
The epidemiology of Border Disease
Zoonotic disease in cattle in Cameroon
|Mrs Tiziana Liuti||Senior Lecturer|
|Prof Alastair Macrae||Personal Chair of Farm Animal Health and Production||
Monitoring of farm animal health including the links between nutrition, health and productivity in cattle and sheep.
|Professor Rob Ogden||Director of Conservation Science / Director of ECOS / Head of Conservation Genetics|