Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Georges, Michel A.
Location University of Liege
Primary Field Genetics
Secondary Field Animal, Nutritional and Applied Microbial Sciences
 Election Citation
Georges is the world leader in development and use of genomic tools for identification of genes and mutations underlying complex traits of agronomic and medical importance. Although best known for his pioneering work with livestock species, his work spans gene discovery in laboratory animals and human medicine.
 Research Interests
Georges devoted his scientific carrier to the development and use of genomic tools for the identification of genes and mutations underlying complex traits of agronomic and medical importance. He participated in the very first genome scans for QTL in the rat, and then conducted many such scans in livestock. He laboratory is known for pushing these studies down to the identification of causative genes and variants (or QTN). Georges' team has discovered polar overdominance, identified the "double-muscling" gene, identified several regulatory QTN including some that perturb miRNA-mediated gene regulation, and discovered a novel CNV generating mechanism underlying the inheritance of colour-sidedness. He made important contributions to the "genomic selection (GS) revolution" in livestock. More recently, Georges' team has been involved in the genetics of inflammatory bowel disease and has contributed to the identification of novel risk loci, genes and variants.

 
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