Functional Genomics & Bioinfomatics

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Faculty Members

Visit a faculty member’s profile page for more information about particular research programs:

  • Cibelli, Jose - cellular reprogramming, nuclear transfer, embryonic stem cells
  • Ernst, Cathy - swine and bovine molecular genetics, growth biology, meat science
  • Latham, Keith - embryo development
  • Steibel, Juan - quantitative genetics, statistical genomics, pig breeding
  • Tempelman, Robert - biometry, livestock genetic evaluation, functional genomics

Research Areas

  • Molecular events that lead to the transformation of a somatic nucleus into an embryonic-pluripotent one.
  • Learning how to produce embryonic stem cells without having to rely on eggs.
  • Nature, cause, and host response to infectious diseases in livestock species. Work often has biomedical implications, as well as relevance to animal health.
  • Identify and evaluate molecular markers and genes for the genetic improvement of pigs and beef cattle with emphasis on performance traits, carcass composition and meat quality.
  • Fundamental mechanisms that regulate ovarian function in farm animals and the physiological and neuroendocrine mechanisms involved in regulation of the stress response.
  • Development and application of hierarchical statistical models to inferential problems in animal breeding and genetics.
  • Hormonal and nutritional factors that regulate growth and development of the bovine mammary gland.