AIP Research Geneticists
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Research geneticists

Derek Bickhart


Derek M. Bickhart
(301) 504-8592

Investigates methods to utilize sequence data to improve accuracy of genetic evaluations. Develops tools for analyzing sequence and array-based genomic data. Studies the impact of trans-generational epigenetic effects on genetic prediction. Conducts research using genetic annotations and functional predictions to refine disease loci and discover causative variants.

John Cole


John B. Cole
(301) 504-8665

Investigates genetic differences among dairy cattle for calving ease, stillbirth, yield persistency, and health traits. Develops tools for analyzing genomic data. Studies relationships between genetic markers with large effects and economically important phenotypes. Evaluates changes in genetic diversity in U.S. dairy cattle over time.

Paul VanRaden


Paul M. VanRaden
(301) 504-9438

Investigates genetic differences among dairy cattle for yield, longevity, fertility, and udder health traits. Determines economic values for traits included in the genetic-economic lifetime merit indexes. Examines effects of inbreeding, crossbreeding, and nonadditive genetic merit. Develops statistical methods to improve national and international genetic evaluations and to use genomic data in predictions.

George Wiggans


George R. Wiggans
(301) 504-8407

Investigates methods to improve accuracy of genetic evaluations of yield traits, type traits, and calving ease, including use of genomic data. Conducts genetic evaluation of dairy goats. Advises on procedures to develop, improve, and access the national database of phenotypic and genomic information.

Last Modified: 06/27/2014