Christine Baes

Role: Assistant Professor (Animal Biosciences)

Christine Baes is an Assistant Professor with the University of Guelph’s Department of Animal Biosciences. Being born and raised on a dairy farm in Southwestern Ontario, Dr. Baes learned to appreciate the structure and organization of the Canadian agricultural industry at a very early age.

Dr. Baes holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, a Masters degree in Agriculture from the University of Hohenheim (Germany), and a PhD from the Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals and the Christian-Albrechts University at Kiel (Germany).

Dr. Baes has been involved in numerous large-scale breeding projects in various species in Europe and North America, and has taught courses in genetics and statistics in Germany and Switzerland. She strives to bridge the gap between cutting edge science and practical application of new knowledge. This holistic approach, along with motivation and enthusiasm, characterize her lectures, her research, and her communication with industry partners and farmers.

Her current research involves analyzing and understand the impact of genomic inbreeding in livestock species, uncovering the genetic architecture of methane emissions and feed efficiency in dairy cattle, calculating economics weights and monetary genetic gain for common traits in livestock breeding programs, and increasing the health, productivity and welfare of Canadian turkeys using genomics.

Food from Thought project(s): The animal database

Project category: Livestock Research

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