Animal Genetics Lab

At the 'Animal Genetics Lab' (LDG), we perform molecular research in a range of animals, more specifically bovines, pigs, sheep, goat, horses, dogs, cats and honey bees. The research projects are both fundamental and clinically-oriented and are spread over six main domains:

  • The identification of disease-causing variants in dogs and cats
  • The development of novel molecular techniques (e.g. whole exome sequencing) and analysis tools (e.g. R-packages) suited to analyze high-throughput sequencing data.
  • The search for (epi)genetic biomarkers associated with the development of diseases
  • The development of improved diagnostical techniques to detect disease, both clinically (e.g. the laxity-method to detect hip dysplasia) and genetically.
  • Unravelling genetic aspects of infectious diseases. In the past, this was oriented towards scrapie (sheep, goat), bluetongue (sheep), mastitis (bovine) and E. coli ETEC infection (pig).Currently, we focus mainly on honey bees (in collaboration with Prof. De Graaf, Faculty of Sciences), more specifically on Varroa- and virus-resistance.
  • The function of small non-coding RNA molecules, like microRNAs and circular RNA in the early embryonal development to develop non-invasive biomarkers associated with embryo quality (bovine, horse).


Recently published research


Furthermore, the LDG gives breeding advice regarding large and small pet animals, and offers DNA tests for private persons as wel as companies.  You can also contact us for data-analysis and bio-informatics for a wide range of “-omics” techniques.

LDG also participates in the teaching activities of our faculty.