Animal Sciences Faculty
Whole genome prediction of complex traits and diseases in animals, humans and plant. Non-parametric and machine learning approaches to the study of complex phenotypes. Theory of quantitative genetics and statistical methods for analysis of genomic data, with emphasis in Bayesian approaches. Statistical learning methodology.
My Web site: https:15sites.google.com/site/hasankhatibslab/home
Research Interests: Infertility is a serious problem in humans and other mammalian species. Embryonic loss is a major contributor to infertility. The objectives of my research are to identify and characterize genes and pathways for embryo development, female fertility, and male fertility using the cattle model. In the last few years, a unique in-vitro fertilization experimental system was established in my lab that enabled us to identify many genes and pathways involved in fertility traits (https://sites.google.com/site/imprintedgenesinbovines/home). In addition, we are investigating the roles of imprinted genes and epigenetic modification in early embryonic development. Another focus of my research is the investigation of the effects of maternal diets before and during pregnancy on fetal traits through gene expression and epigenetics.
Research Interests: My research team and I have been involved in many areas in sheep breeding and management. In recent years, we have developed a research program in dairy sheep production at the Spooner Agricultural Research Station that serves this small but growing industry in North America.