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Adaptation Physiology Group
1 Mariska van Asselt Animal welfare and public health: a contradiction?
2 Moniek van den Bosch Maternal nutrition of sows in relationship with still born piglets ANU
3 Eline Burgers Lactatie op Maat
4 Bahadir Guz Healthy bones for broiler chickens
5 Jesse Heijmans Effect of broiler breeder nutrition on egg characteristics and chick quality
6 Maarten Hollemans Effects of early nutrition on development and performance of broiler chickens ANU
7 Allyson Ipema Assessing the potential of insects to reduce the environmental impact of livestock production and improve livestock health and welfare in concert
8 Lu Luo Effects of environmental enrichment in piglets; Interaction between behaviour
9 Junnan Ma Optimizing lactation length for dairy cows to improve health and performance
10 Francesca Marcato Robust and healthy calves
11 Anouschka Middelkoop Stimulating early foraging in piglets to accelerate their
12 Anne van den Oever Nesting behaviour of broilers breeders BHE
13 Jan Wijnen Robustness of broilers
14 Wei Xu Non-invasive Biomarkers for Health and Metabolism in Diary Cows
15 Lisette van der Zande SmartResilience: towards a sustainable, future-oriented pig production system that supports and predicts resilience and welfare in pigs
Animal Breeding and Genetics Group
1 Esinam Amuzu Utilizing non-additive effects in genomic cross breeding schemes of laying hens
2 Mandy Bao Genetics of disease resistance in chicken
3 Alexandra van den Berg Towards precision breeding using genomic prediction (topbreed) MAT
4 Renzo Bonifazi International genetic/genomic evaluation of beef cattle
5 Chiara Bortoluzzi EU Image
6 Tessa Brinker Genomic Solutions for Socially Affected Traits
7 Juan Cordero-Solorzano Antibody quality of colostrum and milk in dairy cows and uptake of colostral antibodies in dairy calves: importance for health and
8 Vinicius Henrique Da Silva Genetic research on songbirds
9 Martijn Derks Animal genetics on detection
10 Gareth Difford Genetic control of methane emission, feed efficiency and metagenomics in dairy cattle
11 Harmen Doekes Image project
12 Pascal Duenk GenolViiX: Utilizing crossbred information to accelerate genetic progress
13 Zih-Hua Fang
14 Esther van der Heide Smart animal breeding with advance machine learning
15 Kasper Janssen An Economic evaluation of selective breeding in European Aquaculture
16 Ibrahim Jibrila WLR B4F Gen Pred
17 Fasil Kebede ACGG = tijdelijke titel, officiele titel komt nog.
18 Henri van Kruistum Livebearing Fish
19 Lim Lee B4F DNA
20 Langqing Liu Genome Evolution of Suidae (pig species)
21 Maria Lozano Jaramillo Development & evaluation of poultry breeding programs for smallholders in Africa
22 Haibo Lu The genetic background of milk protein synthesis
23 Wossenie Mebratie The Genomics of Feed Conversion Efficiency in Poultry
24 Samuel Mengistu Closing the yield gap: increasing survival and production efficiency in smallholder farms of
25 Rodrigo Locally adapted pork production in Brazil versus The Netherlands
26 Robert Onzima Genetic analysis to enhance utilization of indigenous goat breeds of Uganda
27 Marieke Poppe B4F Resil
28 Jip Ramakers Fitness consequences of seasonal timing in the great tit (Parus Major)
29 Biaty Raymond Towards precision breeding using genomic prediction (topbreed) MAT
30 Priadi Setyawan Optimized design of a breeding program for saline tolerant tilapia
31 Claudia Sevillano del Aguila Selecting the crossbred pig: genomic evaluation for feed efficiency at the production level
32 Grum Teklewold Fine mapping and genomic selection for detailed milk
33 Chu Tuan Thinh Genetic evaluation of feed efficiency of tropical adapted chicken in Sub-Saharan Africa
34 Maulik Upadhyay A genomic breeding program that use primitive cattle breeds to re-generate the aurochs
35 Irene Verhagen The mechanism underlying timing of reproduction
36 Lisanne Verschuren Pen performance of pigs: bridging genetics and nutrition
37 Qiuyu Wang The combined use of milk infrared profiles and genoptypes to predict dairy cattle phenotypes
38 Zhou Wu Detection and use of dwarfism genes in poultry
39 Shuwen Xia BINGO project GEN
40 Siyuan Xing Molecular regulatory mechanisms of body fat distribution in chicken
41 Qianqian Zhang Methods of association study for rare variants using NGS
Animal Nutrition Group
1 Sholeha Binti Abd Rahim Feed intake stimulation of dairy cows
2 Gavin Boerboom Trace minerals with Chelator and the effect on oxidative status
3 Hua Dengke Formation mechanism of negative energy balance (NEB) and control regulation during early lacation
4 Edward Diehl The response of supply organs of young broilers fed different nutritional levels
5 Miranda Elling-Staats Dynamics of proteolytic fermentation and the effects on intestinal health of broilers
6 Rik van Erp Influence of starch digestion kinetics on performance of growing pigs
7 Emily Frehen van Calmthout A liquid based early feeding concept for broiler chickens: effects on performance and intestinal health
8 Roselinde Goselink Nutrition and management of periparturient dairy cattle
9 Yuan He Improving Roughages Quality in Promoting the Efficiency of Feed Utilization in Dairy Cattle
10 Yixin Hu Kinetics of Ca and P digestion and absorption in pigs and poultry
11 Kim Jannink A Feed-Forward Approach of New Knowledge Arising from Human Nutritional Studies in Susceptible Groups to Application in Animal Nutrition
12 Pascal van Keulen Understanding the effects of early life nutrition on development and lifetime performance of dairy calves
13 Fang Lyu A novel method to determine particle breakage and equivalent particle size of animal feed ingredients and their relationship with animal performance
14 Lei Mao the use of fungi to degrade lignin of low quality organic (waste) PBR
15 Annemarie Mens Early nutrition and Feather Pecking
16 Nazri Nayan The use of fungi to degrade lignin of low quality organic (waste) materials PBR
17 Leonel Neto Leal Dietary supplementation of vitamin E and polyphenols on meat color and stability traits in light weight lambs
18 Huyen Nguyen Thi Duong Huyen Ruminants project (titel nog nader te bepalen)
19 Kelly Nichols Improving protein efficiency in dairy cows
20 Eli Ratni More milk and meat from straw PBR
21 Rainer Rauch NPN nutrition/physiology in ruminants in a broader sense, specifics TBC later
22 Marijke Schop Developing a nutrient based dynamic mechanistic digestion model for growing pigs
23 Chantal Schot NWO-CCC Project Lung Health in Calves
24 Lotte Stokvis Early Nutrition and Feather Pecking
25 Michel Verwoolde Transgenerational nutritional programming, epigenetic inheritance and imprinting in the gut immune system ADP
26 Fang Wang Molecular mechanisms in milk protein synthesis in dairy cow mammary epithelial cells: MRCKα-mediated regulation of protein synthesis
27 Hee Kum (Gary) Wong Feed and product quality in poultry
Animal Production Systems Group
1 Daniel Akakpo Grain legume residues as a livestock feed resource for PPS
2 Titis Anugraheni Putri Apdini Feed management practices and sustainable intensification of dairy production in Indonesia
3 John Barry Rearing calves in the post quotaera
4 Robin Crossley The welfare of dairy cows in grass-based systems
5 Stephanie Duku Gender roles and sheep production in crop-livestock farming systems in the transition zone of Ghana
6 Simon Fraval Nutritional security for crop-livestock systems with a vulnerable environmental base
7 Anita Frehner Analysing food systems: dietary patterns under the aspect of sustainability and human health
8 Ollie van Hal The role of livestock in sustainable and healthy food production
9 Donagh Hennessy Optimising land use in Ireland from an economic and environmental perspective
10 Heleen van Kernebeek The role of animals in a sustainable consumption pattern PPS
11 Cindy Klootwijk Competitiveness of future milk produced from grazing: a socio-economic and ecological perspective
12 Louise Kremer Identification of biomarkers of stress and positive emotions in dairy cows
13 Bhavana Kuchimanchi Impacts of Livestock Intensification on Ecosystem Services in a watershed context
14 Steven Matema Livestock and competing claims on natural resources at the population-land-livestock nexus in Mbire District in the Mid-Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe PPS
15 Sally Migose Breeding decisions and dairy value chain development in Kenya
16 Shilpi Misra Water foot printing and water use reduction of Irish pig production
17 Abigail Muscat Battle for Biomass: Tackling the food-feed-fuel dilemma
18 Avhafunani Netshipale Land reform and livelihood strategies
19 Simon Nyokabi Local and International business collaboration for productivity
20 Aisling O Connor Economic and environmental impact of diseases in Irish grass-based dairy farming
21 Alejandro Parodi Parodi Assessing the potential of insects to reduce the environmental impact of livestock production and improve livestock health and welfare in concert
22 Ylva Ran Livestock-waterlinkagesacrossscales - Interactions, trade-offs and opportunities comparing farming systems in developing....
23 Aimable Uwizeye Methodologies and indicators for Nutrient use efficiency along the livestock supply chains
24 Margret Wenker  The implications of cow-calf rearing for dairy calf health and welfare
25 Windi Al Zahra Manure management Indonesia
Aquaculture and Fisheries Group
1 Md Iftakharul Alam Mangrove-Polders, i.e. Selection of mangrove species to optimise aquaculture based livelihoods and biodiversity in climate smart designed polders of Bangladesh
2 Nekane Alzorriz Gamiz Evaluation of the design and implementation of discards policies under catch-based fisheries management regimes
3 Erik Boman Population dynamics and role in the food chain of the Queen
4 Wouter van Broekhoven Carrying capacity for seed mussel collectors
5 Shah Chowdhury Shore Protection with Oyster Reefs to Enhance Climate Change Adaptation and Aquaculture in Bangladesh
6 Goncalo De Abreu Santos The effects of chronic stress on energy metabolism, welfare and immunity of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax).
7 Yale Deng Micobiota in RAS: do they affect fish health and fish nutrition?
8 Folasade Esther Elesho Feed intake in fish: dietary and environmental impacts
9 Ralf van Hal Climate change impact on the North Sea demersal fisch community
10 Devi Hermsen Nutritious System Pond Farming
11 Jeroen Huisman Assessment of efficiency of fishpasses in small tributaries of the Waddensea
12 Grace Hutubessy Maximizing post-release survival of trap by-catch
13 Kazi Kabir Natural and supplemental foods - a winning team for shrimp and .....
14 Davood Karimi Energy and health balances in fish farms using recycling aquaculture systems
15 Vivi (Paraskevi) Koletsi Sensitivity of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to mycotoxins
16 Gauthier Konnert TKI PPS Net Energy
17 Roel Maas Green Aquafeeds
18 Edison Macusi Effort allocation of mixed fisheries on tuna AEW
19 Norulhuda Mohamed Ramli Enhancement of system performance and robustness of fish through integration of microbial and algae-based biofiltration in recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)
20 Marit Nederlof Goods and services integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA)
21 Widhya Nugroho Satrioajie Habitat Selection of Juvenile Tuna in Relation to FAD sand Ocean Productivity AEW
22 Happy Kokwenda Peter Effort allocation and the impact of eutrophication and size selective fishing of the Nile perch stock - Lake Victoria, Tanzania
23 Thuat Phan Species related differences in NE-formulas in fish
24 Edward Schram Adsorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion of geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol in fish
25 Thomas Staessen Bile Acids
26 Twan Stoffers Fish communities in river-floodplain areas along the lower River Rhine
27 Tinh Tran Algae-bacteria interaction in shrimp ponds
28 Apriana Vinasyiam Valorisation of plant based residues for fish production through biofloc technology
29 Restiana Wisnu Ariyati What are appropriate feeding and housing for Blue Swimming crab, to increase sustainable livelihood options for farmers impacted by climate change and land subsidence?
Behavioural Ecology Group
1 Nina Bircher Sexual selection in the wild: males ongand female choice in great tits (Parus major)
2 Jerine van der Eijk Effects of early life gut microbiota on the development of feather pecking in laying hens ADP
3 Ineke van Herwijnen Dog-directed parenting styles, effect on canine quality of life
4 Krista van den Heuvel Ecological epigenetics and the brain: the evolutionary consequences of epigenomic modifications in a songbird
5 Hugo Loning Communication and breeding decisions in wild zebrafinches
6 Bernice Sepers DNA methylation and its influence on exploratory behaviour in great tits
7 Malou van der Sluis Individual tracking of animals kept in groups
8 Lies Zandberg How is variation in great tits maintained by sexual selection?
Cell Biology and Immunology Group
1 Eltijani Awatif Innate immune responses to fish viruses
2 Eva Doro Biological activities of membrane and soluble TNFalpha and establishment of the trypanosome model in zebrafish
3 Biological activities of membrane and soluble TNFalpha and establishment of the trypanosome model in zebrafish
4 Mirelle Geervliet Mucosal gut and airway immune competence and resilience against external
5 Mark Goldman Novel vaccination strategies against SVCV and KHV in carp
6 Xiaoqian Gong Activation and Evasion of the antiviral response by IBV (tentative, it might still change)
7 Sem Jacobs In vivo dynamics of a developing immune response: real-time imaging of antigen uptake and immune cell trafficking in zebrafish EZO
8 Paulina Krzysica EFRO Faag op Maat
9 Adria Lopez Nadal Fishing for functional feed
10 Olaf Perdijk Modulation of immune responses in the upper airways: Contribution of novel diary ingredients
11 Jules Petit NoWaste
12 Mojtaba Porbahaie Effects of bovine immunoglobulins on human immune function
13 Sandra Vreman Development livestock vaccines
14 Annelieke Wentzel Conservation of macrophage polarization
Experimental Zoology Group
1 Pim Boute Modelling the effects of electrical stimulation on marine fish and invertebrates
2 Uros Cerkvenik Ultra-thin steerable needle for solid-organ interventions
3 Antoine Cribellier How to catch a mosquito? The flight response of mosquitoes to odors and air gusts produced by odor-baited traps
4 Myrthe Dekker Does the placenta drive the evolution of sexual selection?
5 Pulkit Goyal To be as nimble as a bee: A bio-inspired sensory-motor system for gust control of Micro Air Vehicles
6 Andres Hagmayer Functional advantage of the placenta and superfetation in Poeciliopsis retropinna
7 Sebastian Henrion Mechanisms of manoeuvrability through undulating fins
8 Julian Langowski Secure and gentle grip of delicate biological tissues
9 Elsa Quicazan Rubio Muscle function in fish swimming
10 Wouter van Veen Aerodynamics & Biomechanics of mosquito flight
11 Cees Voesenek Fluid muscle interaction of free swimming zebra fish larvae
12 Lana de Vries Bumblebees in the spotlight
Farm Technology Group
1 Ingrid van Dixhoorn Resilience in production animals FTE
2 Nedup Dorji The welfare and health of yaks in transhumance farming systems in Bhutan APS
3 Peyman Neysari Bio-secured manure production from MSW (case studies: human sewage and agricultural wastes)
4 Xiangyu Song Individual cow care model - A sustainable future in precision dairy farming
5 Dengsheng Sun Sensor based health monitoring in calves
6 Ellen van Weeghel Verenigen van heterogene behoeften in Ontwerpen voor Systeeminnovatie van duurzame veehouderijsystemen
7 Mengting Zhou Design of a model-based control system for a hybrid ventilation of dairy cattle buildings
Host-Microbe Interactomics
1 Agnieszka Bem Structure and function of an essential TSC drug target in pathogenic Streptococci
2 Raka Choudhury Stimulating early foraging in piglets to accelerate their development and improve their performance around weaning
3 Isabela Fernandes de Oliveira EU CARTNET
4 Simen Fredriksen Microbiome fortification for healtier pigs through metagenomics-driven culturomics and microbial bioactive metabolite discovery
5 Bart van der Hee Post-weaning diarrhea in pigs MIB
Human and Animal Physiology Group
1 Anna Bekebrede Understanding the impact of protein fermentation end-products on pig intestinal metabolic health to optimize its barrier
2 Natasja Costermans Improving piglet bitrth weight and litter uniformity by studying ovarian folicular development ADP
3 Joelle Janssen A Dietary Approach To Improve Innate Immune Health
4 Iyabo Oluseyifunmi The relation between energy metabolism and reproduction
Marine Animal Ecology
1 Inger van den Bosch Insight into habitat use of harbour porpoises for conservation and good North Sea management
2 Mert Gokalp BIOGENINK
3 Alwin Hylkema Variables determining the biodiversity and productivity of artificial reefs
4 Ewout Knoester Facilitating the facilitators: advance coral reef restoration using the services of natural reef inhabitants
5 Christiaan De Leeuw Marine biodiversity through time: the relative role of stochastic and deterministic processes in the assembly of ecological communities
6 Diede Maas Population response to predicted marine climate scenarios
7 Achmad Sahri Optimizing marine park management for cetaceans in Wakatobi
8 Mischa Streekstra Adaptation of marine organisms to increasing CO2 levels
9 Erik Wurz Multiple stress effects on deep-sea sponges
Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology Group
1 Joaquin Barca Tarigo Udder health and immunosuppression during the transition period in dairy cows under pastured-based systems of milk production
2 Hongrui Cui Factors influencing the mutation rate of avian influenza virus
3 Anna Maria Gamza Modelling spread of bacteria between farm animals to assess the effect of new control measures
4 Renate Hakze-van der Honing Hepatitis E virus infection and epidemiology
5 Olajide Owolodun Molecular Epidemiology of Hepatitis E virus in pigs in Nigeria
1 Natasha Longworth Optimising decision making for prevention, monitoring and control of Avian Influenza