Mari A. Smits

Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands


Mari Smits received his PhD in Biology in 1982 at the University in Nijmegen (thesis: "Transcription of bacteriophage M13 in vivo"). In 1982 he started as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nijmegen to perform a molecular analysis of the transmission blocking antigens of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. Since 1988 he is linked to Wageningen University and Research Centre. In 2002 he was awarded a personal chair at the Department of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University. Mari Smits has more than 20 years of experience in molecular biology especially relating to (bacterial and prion) infectious diseases in farm animals. Since 2000 his research is focusing on the use of functional genomics approaches aiming the identification of genes and molecular pathways involved in complex traits such as the susceptibility to infectious diseases, intestinal health, fertility, and product quality of farm animal species. He is using systems-biology approaches for the analysis and integration of large-scale (genomics) datasets. He participates in several EU-funded projects and currently he belongs to the management team of the EU KP6 Network of Excellence (EADGENE) on Host-Pathogen interactions in livestock species and the EU KP6 IP on Sustainable Animal Breeding (SABRE).

Biography Updated on 21 December 2008

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