Universtiy of Edinburgh (UEDIN Edinburgh, Scotland)
Organisation and Competences: The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. The Roslin Institute is an institute of the BBSRC which delivers innovative, world class bioscience research and training, leading to wealth and job creation to generate high returns for the UK economy. It has strong links with business, industry and the wider community, and supports policy development. The Roslin Institute's mission is to gain fundamental understanding of genetic, cellular, organ and systems bioscience underpinning common mechanisms, primarily in animal development and pathology, and to drive this into implementation through appropriate partnerships. The Institutes programme is funded from a wide variety of sources including research councils such as BBSRC, UK government ministries and agencies, non-governmental organizations including charities.
The group within the Institute participating in this project has contributed and is contributing to a wide variety of EU projects, with the most recent including SABRE, EADGENE, SabreTrain, Quantomics, NovelTree and 3SR. The Institute is moving to new £61m purpose-built state-of-the-art facilities in March 2011, which will integrate all its researchers under one roof, and will move it next door to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies within the University, and Forest Research (Partner 16), creating a vibrant animal science campus. Of particular relevance to ProCoGen are the Genetics and Genomics Division who undertake groundbreaking studies on complex animal systems, linking genotype to phenotype and population biology. The group has been at the forefront of developing genomic selection in a variety of species, contributing to both the development of genomic tools and interpreting sequence, dense SNP arrays, transcriptomic arrays, network analysis, and gene discovery. More particularly to this proposal
the Division includes world class expertise on quantitative genetics, epidemiology and population modeling groups. They have been collaborating with Forest Research (Partner 16) to introduce genomic evaluation methodology into forest breeding
Role: UEDIN will be active in WP5 and we will be working with FR to develop genomic evalutation of Sitka Spruce.
Staff members' profile:
Prof. John Woolliams- is Professor of Mathematical Genetics in the University of Edinburgh and has 33 years experience in breeding research and its implementation. He
is currently participating in EC projects SABRE, Quantomics and NovelTree and has projects relating to the application of genomics to breeding in cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses, dogs, and sitka spruce. He has developed the theory on accuracy of genomic selection, and the provided the unification of theories of gain and inbreeding. He serves on the Defra expert committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources and the Companion Animal Welfare Council, and has recently chaired the working group leading to the FAO guidelines on surveying and monitoring of animal genetic resources. He has over 190 publications in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Ricardo Pong-Wong- is Genetic Tools Specialist within The Roslin Institute and has developed novel analysis methods and a suite of software tools for the genomic evaluation of data.