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Connor, Erin E
Research Molecular Biologist
(301) 504-6104
BLDG. 200, RM. 100, BARC-EAST
Beltsville MD 20705

The mission of the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory is to improve the health and genetic and productive efficiency of cattle through fundamental research on gene expression and genome-wide association analysis. Research in the laboratory applies molecular biology and bioinformatics approaches to: enhance genetic selection for increased production efficiency and disease resistance; develop fundamental knowledge about development and health of the mammary gland and gastrointestinal tract; and understand interactions of nutrients and the genome (nutritional epigenetics). Implicit in these endeavors is the development of molecular biological and bioinformatic tools to facilitate functional genomic studies of cattle and small ruminants.

In April 2014, the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL) were merged to form the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL). As part of that merger, the main AIPL research project on discovery and development of improved methods for genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals was renamed the Animal Improvement Program (AIP). The former AIPL web site ( ) will continue to show detailed information related to AIP, but the look and content of the web site will change as the AIPL and BFGL web sites are combined to form the new AGIL web site.

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