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Current Research Interests

Using the genetics and physiology of avian reproduction allows us to develop strategies utilising traditional or marker assisted selection to tackle problems as diverse as osteoporosis in laying hens, growth and reproduction in meat type birds, antimicrobial activity of egg white and shell quality in laying hens.

Research Interests

Our Group's interests lie in avian biology, in particular avian reproduction and growth and its consequences.

This included a long term interest in how food, light and behaviour control reproduction and how the oviduct contributes to the formation of eggs. It has developed to include the relationship between long periods of reproductive activity and osteoporosis and the use of egg peptides as antimicrobials as well as aspects of satiety.

Our work takes advantage of advances in genetics and genomics along with physiology to understand avian reproduction and growth. The understanding of the genetics and physiology of avian reproduction and growth allows us to develop strategies utilising traditional or marker assisted selection to tackle problems as diverse as osteoporosis in laying hens, polyfollicular ovaries in broiler breeders and antimicrobial activity of egg white and shell quality in laying hens. We are also increasing our understanding the control of food intake in birds. These traits all have socio-economic importance to the poultry industry.

To do this we interact closely with many companies and groups in the institute and across Europe.

My research in a nutshell

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Highlighted research outputs

  1. Endocrinology and genetics of the hypothlamic-pituitary-gonadal axis

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Hypothalamic AGRP mRNA is elevated during natural and stress-induced anorexia

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Food restriction reduces neurogenesis in the avian hippocampal formation

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. A comparative perspective on extra-retinal photoreception

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Genome-wide association study for bone strength in laying hens

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. XVII European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products and XXIII European Symposium on the Quality of Poultry Meat

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. 10th European Symposium on Poultry Genetics

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  3. Improving egg quality; win - win traits

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  4. Improving bone strength in poultry

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

  5. Can looking into the brain help us solve the paradox of the broiler breeder chicken?

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  6. Towards the chicken of the future

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  7. Improving egg quality; New approaches for an old problem

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  8. Functional long range cis acting QTL: examples from growth and development.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  9. Long Life Layer; genetic and physiological limitations to extending the laying period.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  10. Poultry Nutrition Symposium: Old Questions Answered, New Ones Unveiled

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

  11. Genetic control of eggshell crystal structure.

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  12. Genetic Variability of Egg Quality and Prospects for Selection

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  13. New strategies for improving egg shell quality and egg safety

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

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