My research interests lie in the efficient application of new technologies and strategies in livestock breeding programs. During my PhD on Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Lleida (Spain), I explored the opportunities offered by quantitative genetics and genetic markers for selecting for intramuscular fat content and fatty acid composition in commercial pig populations. The outputs of this research have been implemented in breeding schemes of pigs for producing traditional Spanish dry-cured ham. At the Roslin Institute, I am working on the Innovate UK-funded project “Innovate NextGen pig breeding using DNA sequence data”. Alongside PIC (Genus plc) we are developing strategies for applying Genomic Selection 2.0 in pig populations. The aim is to generate large amounts of low-coverage sequence data and use it to accelerate the rate of genetic improvement. One of the objectives of this project is to develop tools that allocate sequencing resources optimally within large populations increasing the accuracy of haplotype imputation.
2015–Present: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Computational Genetics and Genomics
The Roslin Institute, UK.
2014–2015: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Animal Breeding and Genetics
Universitat de Lleida, Spain.
2010–2014: PhD Student
PhD in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Universitat de Lleida, Spain.
Thesis: Genetic analysis and selection for intramuscular fat and oleic acid content in pigs.
2008–2010: Bachelor of Agricultural Engineering
Universitat de Lleida, Spain.
2008–2010: Engineering Technician in Agriculture
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.
- Associations of genes ELOVL6 and SCD with fatty acids validated now in Large White pigs, plus genes involved in dig… https://t.co/SrVCOwTSCiover a year ago
- RT @mrtnj: Serap Gonen @roslininstitute @Alpha_Genes on how to use haplotypes to choose how to sequence. #wcgalp #WCGALP2018 https://t.co/G…over a year ago
- RT @HickeyJohn: @mrtnj from @roslininstitute speaking about the detection and removal of deleterious load in pig populations @RogerRosFreix…over a year ago
- RT @HickeyJohn: @RogerRosFreix talking about our progress in sequencing large populations of pigs @beefgenetics @AndrewCZWhalen @GregorGorj…over a year ago
- @GregorGorjanc @HickeyJohn Genetic gain vs genetic diversity, @GregorGorjanc on optimal contributions and #AlphaMate https://t.co/8pcFtEyKZlover a year ago
- RT @GregorGorjanc: @HickeyJohn @RogerRosFreix talking about haplotype-based sequencing strategies https://t.co/FwbDczFJNWover a year ago
- RT @HickeyJohn: @RogerRosFreix talking about sequencing in pig breeding..... once he gets mic'd up! https://t.co/cYhfvXocu1over a year ago
- RT @GregorGorjanc: @AlphaGenes group of @roslininstitute and @SRUC is visiting CNRG (Centro Nacional de Recursos Genetico) of @inifap in Me…over a year ago
- RT @GregorGorjanc: We are releasing AlphaMate for optimising selection, maintenance of diversity, and mate allocation @HickeyJohn https://t…over a year ago
- RT @HickeyJohn: New preprint: Optimal cross selection for long-term genetic gain in two-part programs with rapid recurrent genomic selectio…over a year ago