Developmental Biology

Reproductive success and productivity in livestock is studied from the cellular level to the whole organism.

We study stem cell biology, control of somatic growth, embryonic patterning, organogenesis, musculoskeletal development, haemopoiesis, gonad function and sex determination all of which determine both and human and animal reproductive success.

EBRC research analyses and manipulates the genomes of mice, rats, chickens, pigs, sheep and cattle in order to measure the genetic variation and gene function in both farmed and companion animals.

Utilising systems biology approaches, EBRC scientists study the interactions between environmental and genetic signals with a view to improving productivity and welfare.

The study of larger domesticated animals, important in their own right, is also of translational importance to human biology since they are often more closely related to and predictive of human biology.

Researcher Profiles