Cynthia Bottema

My undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado was in cellular, developmental and molecular biology. My research during my PhD at Oregon State University and first post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University was in the field of microbiology investigating sterol metabolism in yeast. Although my research during my second post-doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic involved the molecular genetics of yeast, I expanded into medical genetics during my senior research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, in particular, investigating X-linked inherited disorders such as hemophilia. As better molecular tools were becoming more available and affordable, I took the opportunity when presented to move to the University of Adelaide as a professorial research fellow in the area of animal molecular genetics. Eventually, I became a tenured academic at the University of Adelaide with teaching responsibilities in courses involving genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, animal genetics and breeding, and animal biotechnology. The main focus of my research at the University of Adelaide has been on the molecular genetics of livestock and the identification of causative variants affecting livestock production traits, in particular, fat related traits. A specific interest has been the genetics of fat distribution in cattle as cattle provide an interesting model for adipose tissue deposition. However, my research does include other livestock species, such as sheep, in addition to wildlife and companion animals as my interests still encompass the application of molecular tools for genetic disorders, inbreeding, and conservation of animals as well as breeding.

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