Molecular genetics and bioinformatics are interdisciplinary fields of research aiming to understand the complex structure and function of genes and the genome. This knowledge is essential to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying important traits in domestic animals. Our studies involve identification of genetic factors that for example are important for inherited diseases, reproduction and performance. The overall goal is to improve animal health and welfare.
Quantitative genetics includes the genetic background of complex traits that are controlled by many genes and influenced by the environment. Animal breeding is about developing breeding programs that are well adapted to the biology of the animal and to the environmental, economic and social conditions in which the animals are used. We study registration methods and models for genetic analysis of traits important for efficient production and animal welfare, and work with balanced breeding goals.