Chair
Abdulfatai Tijjani
Centre for Tropical livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Term of service (1st, 2019-2023)

Abdulfatai Tijjani is a post-doctoral fellow (livestock genome analyst) at the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is a member of ILRI’s Livestock Genetics program and the CTLGH Diary genomics program, working on bioinformatics analysis of whole-genome sequences of indigenous African cattle to identify genomic regions underpinning tropical adaptation, resilience, and production traits, in support of breeding programs. He is also contributing to bioinformatics capacity building, including supervision of ILRI graduate fellows and training of research partners from within Africa. Tijjani has a degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and his PhD in genetics from the University of Nottingham, UK.

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Arth Bhaljibhai Chaudhari
Kamdhenu University
Sardarkrushinagar, India

Term of service (1st, 2021-2025)

Arth B. Chaudhari is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding in the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Kamdhenu University, Sardarkrushinagar, Gujarat state, India. His research interests are in cattle, buffalo, sheep, and goat genetics and genomics, heat tolerance, tick resistance, and genomic selection. Chaudhari’s interests also include collaboratively working with developing and developed countries on research projects. As a newly elected member of the ISAG Committee, he pledges with hard work, punctuality, full faith, determination, and good accuracy to carry his honest scientific responsibility for the betterment of the animal genetics and breeding communities.

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Marina Fortes
The University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Term of service (1st, 2019-2023)

Marina Fortes has a degree in veterinary medicine (2004) and an MSc in animal reproduction (2007) from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She completed her PhD in genetics at the University of Queensland (UQ). Between 2012 and 2014, Fortes worked as a post-doc at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI-UQ), investigating cattle puberty with genomics approaches. In August 2014, Fortes joined the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, where she is now a senior lecturer and the leader of the Livestock Genomics Group. Her group is interested in understanding how genetics influence livestock production and reproductive biology. Ongoing collaborations link her group with a rich research environment, both domestic and international, which contributes to the development of sustainable livestock industries.

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Catarina Ginja
CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, PT
Porto, Portugal

Term of service (1st, 2021-2025)

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Khanyisile Hadebe
Agricultural Research Council
Centurion, South Africa

Term of service (1st, 2021-2025)

Khanyisile Hadebe (Mdladla) is a senior researcher at the Biotechnology Platform at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Hadebe’s research field is the characterization of the biodiversity of indigenous Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR), with special interest in population relatedness and structure, signatures of selection and adaptation, and environmental fitness. Her research application is in development and optimization of genomics and digital tools in breeding and conservation programs for locally adapted AnGR. She is involved in community projects that assist village-based smallholder goat farmers to improve on records, make informed management decisions, and optimize production to market standards, to potentially gain access to local market opportunities within the value chains.

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Kwan-Suk Kim
Chungbuk National University
Cheongju Chungbuk, South Korea

Term of service (1st, 2019-2023)

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Mostafa Nassar
Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt

Term of service (1st, 2021-2025)

Mostafa Nassar is an associate professor at Cairo University, Egypt, and a visiting researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. He received his PhD from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His scientific focus area is poultry breeding and genetics, for improving the productivity and conservation of genetic resources. Nassar’s research focuses on the application of genomics to animals, particularly chickens, to unravel the genetic basis of complex traits and to facilitate molecular breeding to accelerate genetic progress, promotion of resilience, animal welfare, and resource conservation, using statistical analyses and bioinformatics tools.

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