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Agri-food-tech Innovation Engine

The Roslin Institute is recognised worldwide as a leading centre for animal genetics and health.

State-of-the-art facilities supporting four Research Divisions:

  • Genetics and Genomics: understanding how genes and genomes work, with a focus on the basic biology of complex traits and sustainable improvement of the productivity of livestock species.
  • Functional Genetics and Development: acquiring fundamental knowledge of the development of animals from conception to adulthood and applying that knowledge to improve health, welfare and productivity.
  • Infection and Immunity: understanding the mechanisms of host defence against infection, and translating this understanding into prevention and treatment of endemic and exotic viral and bacterial diseases.
  • Division of Veterinary Clinical Sciences: One medicine - understanding disease processes in companion and farm animals and translating that understanding into improved therapies for both animal and human disease.

Strategic Programmes

Blueprint for healthy animals

Aim: to provide knowledge & tools to underpin the design & implementation of strategies to improve animal health & performance.

  • Theme 1. Prediction of genes & regulatory elements in farm animal genomes.
  • Theme 2. The function of genes & cellular phenotypes in animal systems.

Control of infectious diseases

Aim: to enhance the supply & safety of food by providing the knowledge required to detect, treat & prevent animal and zoonotic diseases:

  • Theme 1. Genetic basis of host resistance.
  • Theme 2. Pathogen diversity, host-specificity & virulence.
  • Theme 3. Host-responses underlying immunity.

Improving animal production and welfare

Aim: to enhance the yield & quality of animals or their products while improving welfare, efficiency and sustainability:

  • Theme 1. Genetic improvement of farmed animals.
  • Theme 2. Complex phenotypes and genotype x environment interactions.

Academic Champion

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Bruce Whitelaw is currently the Deputy Director and Director of Partnerships at The Roslin Institute and Professor of Animal Biotechnology at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Having pioneered the use of lentivirus vectors for transgene delivery, he is currently establishing robust methodology for genome editing in livestock.

Bruce actively seeks to apply this technology in the field of animal biotechnology. Specifically, he aims to exploit this knowledge to develop innovative biotechnological solutions to combat infectious diseases in animals, evaluate new treatments of human disease through transgenic animal models, and establish efficient protein production systems in animals.

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