Advanced Biotechnologies to Improve the Welfare of Farm Animals
Since the 1950s, farm animal breeding has incorporated many new technologies to enhance food production. With the most recent introduction of technologies for genome editing, animal breeders now have another tool to improve not only performance, but also to address important traits related to health, environmental sustainability and animal welfare.
In this public seminar, which will be accessible to both scientists and members of the general public, we will learn about some new technologies that are being used in the livestock sector.
Dr Tad Sonstegard, Chief Scientific Offiser
Dr Tad Sonstegard
Chief Scientific Offiser
Tad Sonstegard is an internationally recognized leader in livestock genetics with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Tad has made seminal contributions to the sequencing of livestock genomes, development of industrystandard genetic diagnostic platforms and elucidation of the genetic basis for traits impacting food animal health, production and wellbeing. Prior to joining the Recombinetics team, Tad developed and led federally funded projects in applied genomics for ruminant genetic improvement at the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Animal Genomics & Improvement Laboratory. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biochemistry from Iowa State University and a PhD in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Dr Laercio Porto-Neto , Research Scientist
Dr Laercio Porto-Neto
Laercio graduated in Veterinary Medicine (2001) from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil and obtained a Master of Science in Animal Reproduction (2005) from the same University. In 2007, he was awarded an Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to pursuit his PhD at the University of Queensland, in a project linked to the Beef CRC collaborative scheme and CSIRO. His PhD in Molecular Genetics was awarded in 2011. After a few years in research positions at the University of Queensland and at the University of New England, he went back to the CSIRO on a Postdoctoral fellowship on quantitative genetics. He has been focused on clientoriented research for development and implementation of onfarm solutions, based on genetic technologies that improve productivity in cattle operations