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[Seminar] The Potential impact of the new breeding techniques to global agriculture

When Oct 17, 2018
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Room 2.13
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Title: The Potential impact of the new breeding techniques to global agriculture

Speaker: Alison Van Eenennaam

Affiliation: Genomics and Biotechnology, Dep of Animal Science, Univ of California, USA

HostPedro Fevereiro Lab


The speaker will be Doctor Alison Van Eenennaam. You may check her short CV right down. Despite being a specialist in animal genomics she is a known advocate of the use of Agricultural Biotechnology. For those not familiarised, NBTs refers to the use of a set of new and not so new technologies for plant and animal improvement, including the uses of different forms of genome editing.


Short CV:

Doctor Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genomic approaches to select for cattle that are less susceptible to disease and the development of genome editing approaches for livestock. She serves as the USDA NRSP-8 Cattle Genome Coordinator, and is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Study Committee for "Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030". She has given over 550 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics and has appeared on national media including The Dr Oz Show, NPR, Science Friday, and the Intelligence Squared debate series. Recently she appeared in the IFT-funded documentary "Food Evolution" narrated by science-communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2014 Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Borlaug Communication Award, and in 2017 was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).