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Genetics and Genomics

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Head of Department:

Professor Mick Watson

Personal Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Research Interests:
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

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
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.

 

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
  • Livestock comparative genomics, functional genomics and metagenomics.
  • Tropical livestock adaptation, resilience and productivity
  • Tropical agriculture and sustainable development
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.

Professor Tom Freeman Personal Chair of Systems Immunology

Network modelling and experimental manipulation of clinically relevant immune pathways. Our

Professor Chris Haley Group Leader

Understanding complex trait variation in humans and other species.

 

Professor John Hickey Chair 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. 

Professor Ross Houston Personal 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.

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 Christelle Robert Roslin 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.

 

Dr Jeffrey Schoenebeck Chancellors Fellow

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

Dr Jacqueline Smith Career Track Fellow

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.  

 

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.  

Professor John Woolliams Personal 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

Name (sorted in ascending order) Role Research Interests
Dr Dylan Clements Head of Small Animal Surgery

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

Dr Geoff Culshaw Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Cardiopulmonary Medicine
  • 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
Dr Gregor Gorjanc Chancellors Fellow

I use genetics and breeding to manage and improve populations. I am interested in: (i) applied breeding, (ii) design and optimisation of breeding programs, (iii) methods for population and quantitative genetics and breeding, and (iv) analysis of complex traits to unravel their biological basis and to inform new ways of breeding.

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.

Dr Rob Ogden Director of Conservation Science / Director of ECOS / Head of Conservation Genetics
Dr Richard Reardon Senior 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