Position/Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53363
Office: ANNU 124
Being born and raised on a dairy farm in South-western Ontario, Dr. Baes learned to appreciate the structure and organisation of the Canadian dairy industry at a very early age. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2004, she continued her studies at the University of Hohenheim (Germany), where she completed her Masters degree in Agriculture in 2005. In 2008, she completed her PhD thesis on fine-mapping quantitative trait loci for somatic cell score in German Holsteins at the Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals and the Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel. She has since been involved in various industry-lanced large-scale breeding projects in various species, the most recent of which was a next-generation sequencing project in collaboration with Qualitas AG and the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland. She began teaching at the University level in 2009 at the University of Hohenheim. She continued to teach in Hohenheim until 2014, and was granted a part-time lecturer position at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich in 2012. Until 2015, she was responsible for all graduate level courses in animal genetics, as well as for supervising graduate theses. Her teaching philosophy has shaped and been shaped by her research interests, which span from applied animal breeding across quantitative genetics all the way to the analysis and development of methods for next-generation sequencing data. Dr. Baes strives to bridge the gap between cutting edge science and practical application of new knowledge. This holistic approach, along with motivation and enthusiasm, characterise her lectures, her research, and her communication with industry partners and farmers. Dr. Baes has extensive experience in both quantitative genetics and statistical genomics as it relates to genetic and genomic evaluation of livestock. She works with large data (SNP chip data as well as NGS data), and her programming experience includes FORTRAN, R, Unix, and other languages. Dr. Baes took up the Semex – Canadian Dairy Network (CDN) – Holstein Canada Professorship in Dairy Genomics as an Assistant Professor in June 2015.