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Projects in genomics, and other omics(epigenomics, transcriptomics and metabolomics) studies and utilizing data science approaches in animal breeding are available.


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Research Focus

My research is focused on developing cutting edge statistical and omics based methods to unravel the genetic background of complex traits and diseases. I have a strong background in developing and applying genome-wide association study (GWAS) and post GWAS methods such as gene mapping, pathway analysis and Mendelian randomization in large cohorts such as UK Biobank. My research outputs resulted in discovering associated genes and pathways for varying diseases such as resistance to infectious diseases, psychiatric disorders, neurological traits and metabolic disorders. My outputs are published in Nature genetics, Nature communications, PLOS One, scientific reports and heredity and were mainly used in explaining genomic architecture of traits and diseases in human and animals. I recently delivered a project on discovering shared genetic and environmental relationships and, two-sample Mendelian randomization between metabolic measures with psychotic disorders and neurological traits in Generation Scotland cohort. In the last four years, I was playing a lead role in coordinating collaborative projects between universities and supervising PhD students. Currently, I am leading AFBI genetics unit and developed the Northern Ireland Farm Animal Biobank (NIFAB) project to utilize multi-omics data in animal and plant breeding researches.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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