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Roger

Research Fellow

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.

Employment History

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.

Education

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.

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