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Dr.David W. Burt
The Roslin Institute
UK
Title: Past, Present and Future of Genomics in Poultry Breeding

 

 

Biography:

Professor David W. Burt, FRSB, FLS received his B.Sc. (1st class) in Molecular Biology at Edinburgh University in 1977, a PhD in molecular genetics from Leicester University in 1980 and MSc modules in Bioinformatics from Manchester University in 2002. His post-doctoral training included research on molecular genetics of a wide range of species (bacteriophage lambda, bacteria, mouse, rat and human) and research areas (transcription circuits, cDNA cloning of growth factors, renin-angiotensin system and hypertension, QTL mapping, bioinformatics, phylogenetics and avian genomics). He has worked in the AstraZeneca-joint lab at Leicester University (UK), Harvard Medical School (USA), MRC Clinical Research Centre (UK) and Roslin Institute/Edinburgh University (UK). He was appointed Head of Avian Genomics Group in 1988, Director of ARK-Genomics in 2000, Acting Director of the National Avian Research Facility in 2014 and Personal Chair in Comparative Genomics, University of Edinburgh in 2009.

His current research is focused on comparative genomics and applications in poultry and other livestock species. Current projects include: (i) Annotation of genes and regulatory regions in the chicken and other avian genome, (ii) Evolution of avian genomes, (iii) Transcriptional and epigenetic circuits involved in seasonal control of gene expression, (iv) Host susceptibility towards avian viral infections and (v) Development of new tools for genome selection in poultry populations. He has published over 271 publications since 1988 (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Burt2).

He has served on a number of scientific committees, including the BBSRC Animal Science Committee, the Scottish Branch Council of the Royal Society of Biology, the Board for Edinburgh Genomics and a number of editorial boards. He is active in promoting avian genomics as co-chair in various consortia and international meetings, including the International Chicken Genome Consortium, International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), Bird10K, Avian Model Systems, Plant & Animal Genome workshop on Avian Genomes and the International Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) Steering Committee.
 

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