Improving Animal Production and Welfare
|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.
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).
|Professor Georgios Banos||UoE Honorary staff||
Animal breeding, genomics and computational biology.
|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.
|Dr Mike Clinton||Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow||
Molecular control of sex determination and gonadal development. Mechanisms underlying sexual dimorphisms in birds. Micro-RNA regulation of cell and tissue differentiation.
|Dr David Collie||Group Leader/Reader||
Pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying lung disease.
|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 Xavier Donadeu||Reader||
I lead a research group working in the areas of Stem Cell biology and Reproductive Biology in large animal species. We are interested in these species both from a veterinary perspective and as disease models. Work in my laboratory spans from hypothesis-led studies to understand basic cell, organ and whole animal biology and physiology, all the way through to translational studies with industry to develop novel molecular diagnostics and cell-based therapies to address specific key challenges faced by the livestock (cattle) industry and companion animal sectors. My laboratory is best known for pioneering work on 1) the use of miRNAs as novel diagnostic biomarkers for cattle, and 2) the generation and application of stem cells, particularly induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), in farm species (horse, cattle, pigs).
|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.
|Prof Colin Farquharson||Personal Chair of Skeletal Biology||
Identification of the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for bone and cartilage growth, development and mineralisation in health and disease.
|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 Chris Haley||Group Leader||
Understanding complex trait variation in humans and other species.
|Dr Denis Headon||Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow||
Development, maintenance and repair of the skin and its appendages.
|Dr Andy Law||Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow||
The development of simple-to-use systems for handling and reformatting data for genetic analyses.
|Prof Alistair Lawrence||UoE Temporary staff||
I am interested in positive psychological states in animals and understanding the wider effects of positive psychology on animal health and welfare. Our current focus is on animal play and environmental enrichment.
|Professor Neil Mabbott||Personal Chair of Immunopathology||
Host-pathogen interactions in the mucosal immune system.
|Dr Jessica Martin||Senior Lecturer in Physiology & Animal Welfare||
My main research interests lie in the integration of behavioural, physiological and statistical techniques to investigate animal welfare issues, primarily with those relating to modern livestock production.
|Dr Mike McGrew||Senior Lecturer||
Biobanking and genome editing of avian germ cells
|Dr Gerry McLachlan||Group Leader/Senior Research Fellow||
Preclinical studies to evaluate safety and efficacy of vectors for respiratory gene/miRNA delivery in mice & sheep. Sheep as a large animal model for respiratory disease.
|Professor Simone Meddle||Personal Chair of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology||
Adaptations of the neuroendocrine system: hormonal and neural regulation of reproduction and behaviour. Animal Welfare: Neurobiology of positive welfare and behaviour.
|Dr James Prendergast||Group Leader|
|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 Mark Stevens||Personal Chair of Microbial Pathogenesis||
Salmonella, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli infections in farm animals, with emphasis on the bacterial and host factors that influence persistence, pathogenesis and protection.
|Professor Albert Tenesa||Personal chair of Quantitative Genetics||
Understanding how genetic variation influences normal and pathological variation in humans.
|Professor Lonneke Vervelde||Personal Chair of Veterinary Immunology &Infectious Diseases||
Host-pathogen interactions and immunomodulation in avian species.
In vitro/ex vivo organ cultures - organoids.
|Dr Kellie Watson||Director of the National Avian Research Facility|
|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.
|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.