Ronald O. Bates

PRESENTATION: Development of a Duroc x Pietrain Resource Population

PRESENT POSITION: Associate Professor and Swine Extension Specialist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

B.S. Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, PA
Major: Animal Husbandry

M.S. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Major: Animal Science

Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Major: Animal Breeding Minor: Statistics


Dr. Bates's Extension/Outreach program at Michigan State University centers around three program areas 1) Breeding Systems Improvement 2) Carcass Merit and Meat Quality and 3) Swine Management and Education. Dr. Bates works with both commercial and seedstock producers in evaluation and further development of their breeding programs. In addition he serves on the Genetic Advisory Committee of the National Swine Registry. This committee sets further development of the NSR STAGESTM genetic evaluation program.

Dr. Bates's research program works in the area of Swine Genetics Management and has included evaluation on novel breeds. Presently Dr. Bates is part of a research team developing a resource population to discover Quantitative Trait Loci associated with growth, carcass merit and meat quality attributes.

Jonathan E. Beever, Ph.D.

PRESENTATION: The Illinois Meat Quality Pedigrees

PRESENT POSITION: Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ph.D. - University of Illinois, 1996
M.S. - University of Illinois, 1989
B.S. - University of Illinois, 1986.


RESEARCH: Primary focus is on the genetic basis of variation in pork quality. This has entailed the production of the Illinois Meat Quality Pedigrees for QTL analysis. Emphasis has been placed on the development of both physical and comparative maps of the porcine genome to augment efforts to identify specific genes and polymorphisms affecting traits. Furthermore, the physical map will serve as the foundation for sequencing of the pig genome. The research program also aims to use functional genomics platforms such as microarray analysis to examine gene expression in skeletal muscle.

TEACHING: Introduction to Animal Sciences (Genetics Section) and Plant and Animal Genetics.

AWARDS: H.H. Mitchell Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Research, 2003.

Chad Bierman

PRESENTATION: Use of marker assisted selection in the Babcock Genetics program

DATE/TIME: 10:30-11:00 Friday

PRESENT POSITION: Assistant Geneticist for Babcock Genetics Inc.

B.S. Animal Science - South Dakota State University
M.S. Animal Science - South Dakota State University

  • Implement marker assisted selection technologies toward genetic improvement of Babcock lines
  • Coordinate performance testing and BLUP rankings for EBV's
  • Manage DNA/genotyping lab
  • Coordinate slaughter plant research

Nadine Buys

PRESENTATION: IGF2 : The Use of a Paternally Imprinted QTL influencing Muscle Mass in Marker Assisted Selection in Commercial Pig Populations

DATE/TIME: 12/5/2003 8.30 am

PRESENT POSITION: C.E.O. of GENTEC, a biotech company active in the development of biotechnological tools with applications in the animal breeding industry.

PhD in Animal Sciences, Physiology
Post doc training in Molecular Genetics.

  • Molecular Genetics and the practical application in MAS in pigs.
  • Teaching Molecular Genetics in Farm Animals and Livestock Genetics at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Jack Dekkers


PRESENT POSITION: Professor and Section Leader, Animal Breeding and Genetics Department of Animal Science Iowa State University

B.S. Animal Science - Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands
M.S. Animal Science - Wageningen Agricultural University, Netherlands
Ph.D. Dairy Science - University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Research on the integration of molecular and quantitative genetic methods for genetic improvement of livestock, with specific emphasis on swine and poultry.
  • Research on genetic aspects of feed intake and efficiency in swine.
  • Graduate teaching in animal breeding and genetics
  • Presidential recognition for quality of promotion dossier, Iowa State University (2002)

Rodger K. Johnson

PRESENTATION: QTL for Reproduction in the Nebraska Selection Lines

DATE/TIME: 12/4/03, 4:15 pm

PRESENT POSITION: Professor of Animal Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

B.S. North Dakota State University Animal Science 1965
M.S. Oklahoma State University Animal Science 1971
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University Animal Breeding 1973

Teach animal breeding and population/quantitative genetics courses. Research activities focused on genetics of reproduction and genetics of disease resistance in pigs. Have conducted selection experiments in which lines of pigs have been selected for 20 generations for increased litter size.

  1. Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 1973, Oklahoma State University
  2. Society of Sigma Xi Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, 1973, Oklahoma State University
  3. Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award, 1986, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  4. University of Nebraska Livestock Service Award, 1987, Sponsored by Walnut Grove Products Company
  5. The American Society of Animal Science J. R. Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics. Donor: American Breeders Service, 1988.
  6. National Swine Improvement Federation 1998 Distinguished Service Award
  7. University of Nebraska Alumni Recognition for Service to Students, 1998.
  8. Oklahoma State University Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Alumni Award, 1999.
  9. Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit, 2002. University of Nebraska.
  10. Elected to membership in Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement, 2003.
  11. Appointed to Omtvedt Professorship in Animal Science, July 2003.

Michael M. Lohuis, PhD

PRESENTATION: Industry Use of Marker-Assisted Selection

DATE/TIME: Dec 5, 2003 (11:00-11:30 AM)

PRESENT POSITION: Lead Scientist, Swine Molecular Breeding Monsanto Choice Genetics Monsanto Company St. Louis, MO 63198

PhD (Animal Breeding), University of Guelph, 1993
B.S.(Agr.), University of Guelph, 1984


Dr. Lohuis is team leader for Monsanto's Swine Molecular Breeding program. This team of scientists conducts research & development in the areas of swine genomics, QTL detection, genotyping and marker-assisted selection in swine. This team brings multiple disciplines together that span molecular and quantitative genetics tools for the purpose of improving Monsanto Choice Genetics swine breeding populations.

Bonnie A. Mallard

PRESENTATION: Genetic Improvement of Immune Response and Disease Resistance

DATE/TIME: Dec 5, 2003

PRESENT POSITION: Professor of Immunogenetics, Dept Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, U of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

BSc. Agr. (Animal Science)
MSc (Quantitative Genetics and Animal Breeding)
PhD (Immunogenetics) - University of Guelph


1 - Immunogenetics: Genetic regulation of immune response and breeding for disease resistance of livestock.

2 - Xenotransplantation: Mucosal induction of immunological tolerance to porcine antigens.

Lectures in Undergraduate Immunology, Graduate Immunology I and II, and Medical Genetics.


  • University of Guelph, Departmental Scholarship - 1984, 1985
  • D.G. Ingram Travel Award - 1985
  • D.G. Ingram Immunology Scholarship - 1984
  • Betty Goldhart Travel Award - 1983
  • Betty Goldhart Scholarship in Biomedical Genetics - 1982
  • Ontario Milk Marketing Board Scholarship - 1980
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Post-doctoral Award - 1988 - 1990
  • Pzifer Award for Research Excellence - 1996 Recepient.
  • Premiers Research Excellence Award. 1 of 11 nominees from Guelph,
  • Merit Award, University of Guelph, 1992, 1995.
  • Canada Research Chair - 1 of 4 nominees from Pathobiology, 2002
  • Animal Biotechnology - Editorial board, 1994-2003.
  • Semex Alliance Inc. - Scientific Advisory Board - 2003.

Pramod K. Mathur

PRESENTATION: Marker Assisted Selection for the Canadian Swine Industry

DATE/TIME: December 4, 2003

PRESENT POSITION: Chief Geneticist Canadian Centre for Swine improvement (CCSI) Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Sc. Agr. Doctor of Science in Agriculture
Technical University of Berlin, Germany
M.V.Sc. Master of Veterinary Science
University of Udaipur, India.
B. V. Sc. & A.H. Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
University of Udaipur, India

Pramod is responsible for genetic services, research and development for the Canadian Swine Improvement Program at CCSI, for about seven years. Prior to this, he has been involved in research and teaching graduate level courses in genetics, breeding and statistics for about seven years at the University of Udaipur, India, and ten years at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.

Pramod has planned and executed a number of national and international research projects. The main areas of his research are:

  • Integration of molecular genetics in selection programs
  • Estimation of connectedness among herds
  • Selection schemes and breeding strategies (Breeding for profit)
  • Estimation of genomic proportions and genetic distances using DNA fingerprints
  • Genotype-environment interactions
  • Productive adaptability to tropical environments
  • Major gene effects
Pramod is also a member of the board of directors for Canadian Farm Animal Genetic Resource Foundation

Rick Pfortmiller

PRESENTATION: National Swine Registry - Marker-assisted selection, Past-present-future

DATE/TIME: December 5, 2003, 11:30 a.m.

PRESENT POSITION: Director of Commercial Services for National Swine Registry

B.S. in Animal Science/Business at Kansas State University - 1987

Primary responsibility for coordinating genetic improvement programs and working closely with the NSR Genetic Advisory Committee; researching genomic applications for breed improvement and promotion; marketing seedstock through UltraCROSS Swine Breeding Solutions; implementing pork quality evaluations for the NSR Pork Quality Alliance; and provide genetic consultation for NSR breeders and commercial pork producers.

Serve on various boards in the swine industry, including breed association representative for the NSIF.

Graham Plastow

PRESENTATION: Practical Application of DNA markers for genetic improvement

DATE/TIME: Friday 9-9.30

PRESENT POSITION: Chief Technology Officer, Sygen International

BSc and PhD from University of Leicester (Dept. of Genetics), UK

Responsible for Sygen's technical programs. Appointed an executive director of the Sygen board in 2003. A member of the Governing Council of the Roslin Institute and a Director of the Farm Animal Genetics and Genomics Faraday Partnership Limited in the UK. A Director of the Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation, Peoria, IL. Member of the board of the US Alliance for Animal Genome Research.

Sandra Rodriguez-Zas

PRESENTATION: Mapping of quantitative trait loci for weight, carcass and meat quality traits on pig chromosomes six and thirteen

DATE/TIME: Thursday at 11:00 AM

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Sciences
Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.Sc. and Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin-Madison

Statistical genomics: Detection of QTL in swine, cattle, and mice. Applied bioinformatics: Analysis of gene expression data in agricultural and model species. Quantitative genetics: Study of longevity and survival in livestock species. Statistical analysis of biology data sets.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications Fellow

Gary Rohrer

PRESENTATION: An Overview of QTL Research for Growth and Body Composition in a Meishan Cross Population at the Meat Animal Research Center

DATE/TIME: Thursday at 4:15 PM

Research Geneticist
USDA Agricultural Research Service

BS Animal Science University of Illinois (1985)
MS Animal Breeding Texas A&M University (1987)
PhD Genetics Texas A&M University (1991)

Develop and maintain the swine genetic linkage map and identify QTL affecting pork production traits. Genetic mapping efforts have focused on development of microsatellite markers, linking the genetic and physical maps together and more recently linking the pig and human maps by placing SNP markers developed from ESTs onto the pig map.

Most of the QTL emphasis has been involved with understanding the genetic mechanisms controlling reproduction in pigs using a Meishan-Whilte Composite population. Additional traits studied have been feed intake, body composition and pork quality.

Early Career Scientist for the Northern Plains area of ARS in 1998

Max F. Rothschild

PRESENTATION: 1) - ISU population 2) Candidate gene talk

DATE/TIME: Dec 4, 2003

CF Curtiss Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University
Co-Director, Center for Integrated Animal Genomics
USDA Pig Genome Coordinator

BS Animal Science - University of California Davis
MS - Animal Science - University of Wisconsin, Madison
PhD - Animal Breeding - Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Identification of genes associated with traits of interest in the pig

Several including:
  • Am Soc of An Science Award for Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Two R&D100 awards - for gene trait inventions in 1999, 2001
  • Iowa Inventor of the Year in 2002
  • USDA Group Honor team award for activities as swine genome coordinator

Patrick Webb

PRESENTATION: Everything you wanted to know about infectious animal disease disasters but were afraid to ask!

PRESENT POSITION: Foreign Animal Disease Program Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

1993 B.S. Animal Science, Iowa State University
1998 D.V.M Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine

After graduating from veterinary school Patrick practiced food animal medicine for three years before coming to work for the Department of Agriculture in spring of 2001. In his current job he coordinates the planning of response activities to animal disease disasters and provides training and education on topics covering bio security, agro terrorism, and disease response plans. Patrick is especially interested in providing "need to know" information for people at the local level who would be involved in responding to animal disease disasters.