J. F. Hocquette

INRA, France

Jean-François Hocquette was born in Chamalières, France, in 1962. He graduated as an engineer in agronomy from the National Institute of Agronomy, Paris-Grignon in 1985 and received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Paris XI in 1990 in endocrinology. Since 1991, Hocquette has served as a Research Scientist at the National Institute of Agricultural Research, Animal Husbandry and Nutrition Department, Growth and Metabolism Unit. In 1999, he was appointed Head of the Muscle Growth and Metabolism group (5 scientists) of the Herbivore Research Unit at the same Institute. He serves currently as the Director of the Herbivore Research Unit (172 staff, http://www1.clermont.inra.fr/urh/) and teaches in various French universities. Hocquette’s research interest mainly concerns muscle biology as relevant to beef quality. He has developed research in biochemistry (metabolic activity for muscle cells) and functional genomics (mainly transcriptomics) to seek muscle biomarkers related to beef quality (mainly tenderness, flavor, and marbling). He has coauthored a patent for a genomic marker for meat tenderness and has been invited as the main speaker to more than fifteen conferences in international meetings. Hocquette is strongly involved in the activity of the Cattle Commission of the European Association for Animal Production. In 2005, he edited a book entitled Indicators of milk and beef quality (460 pages, 20 review papers), EAAP Publication No. 112. He serves as a Member of the French Meat Academy.

Biography Updated on 18 January 2011

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