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Improving Animal Production and Welfare

Staff list

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.

 

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.

Dr Xavier Donadeu Reader

My research interests lie in the areas of Stem Cell biology and Reproductive Biology in large animal species. I am interested in these species both from a veterinary perspective and as disease models.  

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Lecturer in Statistics and 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 gene 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 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.

 

Professor Helen Sang Personal Chair of Vertebrate Molecular Development

Applications of transgenesis in the chick, particularly in study of the development of the chick embryo and resistance to disease.

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 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, with a particular focus on mucosal surfaces.

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.  

 

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.