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Dr Sonja Dominik

Group Leader


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In her role as leader for the Sustainability and Welfare Group of the Livestock and Aquaculture Program, Dr. Dominik is managing the research project portfolio in genetics, sensor technology, applied proteomics, welfare and sustainable northern beef production systems . The group has staff at Townsville, Brisbane and Armidale. Dr. Dominik is an internationally recognised expert in animal breeding and genetics. Her research focuses on developing phenotypically complex novel traits with a passion for understanding the physiological drivers of adaption and their interaction with the environment. Her R&D has delivered improved breeding/selection methodologies across a wide range of complex traits and species (Atlantic salmon, abalone, prawns, oysters, sheep and cattle). In the last 5 years a major focus of her work has been the development of techniques that deliver cost-effective genomic technologies to the commercial sector of the livestock industries and developing traits such as methane emission in sheep, resistance to breech flystrike and immune competence in cattle to maintain the sustainability of the livestock industries.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2001

    PhD, Animal Genetics and Breeding
    University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

  • 1996

    Diplom Agrar Ingenieur
    Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany


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