Genomes, phenomes and microbiomes to improve health and productivity of livestock

QAAFI’s newly appointed Centre Director for Animal Science, Professor Ben Hayes will focus on how of QAAFI’s animal science programs are addressing the big emerging challenges, and creating opportunities, in the livestock industries. 

Professor Ben Hayes

Director, Centre for Animal Science

Professor Hayes has extensive research experience in genetic improvement of livestock, crop, pasture and aquaculture species, with a focus on integration of genomic information into breeding programs, including leading many large scale projects which have sucessfully implemented genomic technologies in livestock and cropping industries. Author of more than 150 journal papers, including in Nature Genetics, Nature Reviews Genetics, and Science, contributing to statistical methodology for genomic, microbiome and metagenomic profile predictions, quantitiative genetics including knowledge of genetic mechanisms underlying complex traits, and development of bioinformatics pipelines for sequence analysis. Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher in 2015 and 2016.

About QAAFI Science Seminars

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) has been hosting a high-profile seminar series across the disciplines of agriculture, food and nutrition science since 2014. With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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The QAAFI Science Seminar Series will be livestreamed on Tuesday's from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (on weeks of seminars). Note: Not all QAAFI Science seminars are recorded.

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Building 80, UQ St Lucia Campus
3.142 Large Seminar Room