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Samir Id Lahoucine


Position/Title: Ph.D. student
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I am a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Angela Cánovas (UofG) and professor Dr. Joaquim Casellas (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). My thesis focusses on the identification of genomic regions with transmission ratio distortion (TRD) across the whole genome in cattle. The link of TRD with impaired fertility and differential offspring survival at different stages, emphasizes the importance of the study of TRD in livestock species. The current availability of a large amount of genomic data enables the study of TRD and discover genomic regions subject to this phenomenon that could contain lethal alleles affecting reproductive performance or potential genes with biological implications. 

I obtained my B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). During the undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to work in the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Spain) during 4 months and in the Department of Animal and Food Science of the University Autònoma of Barcelona during 3 months. During this time I acquired the basic skills of research that would allow me to progress independently in my career. My strong interest in and enthusiasm for research has led to me pursuing my research career by starting an M.Sc. program in Animal Medicine, Healthcare and Improvement at the University of Cordoba (Spain).