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Dr Laercio Porto Neto

/also known as "Juca"/

Research Scientist

https://people.csiro.au/P/L/Laercio-Portoneto

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Current Roles

  • Team Leader Animal Genomics, Livestock & Aquaculture
    Lead the management, and support activites of the team on dry and web labs.

  • Project Leader
    Natural selection eats domestication for breakfast (2022-2025)

  • Project Leader
    Towards sex selection in livestock production: from biological discovery to applied genetics (2023-2026)

  • Project Team Member (Activity Lead - Livestock Applications)
    Unlocking the genetic potential of animals through Precision Breeding (Genome Engineering) Technologies (2022- )

  • Project Leader
    Bull fertility update: historical data, new cohort and advanced genomics (2019 – 2021; still with ongoing activities).

Academic Qualifications

  • 2011

    PhD Molecular Genetics
    University of Queensland, AUS

  • 2005

    MSc Animal Reproduction
    Universidade de Sao Paulo, BRA

  • 2001

    Graduate Veterinary Medicine
    Universidade de Sao Paulo, BRA

Professional Experiences

  • 2019-present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • 2017-2019

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO

  • 2013-2017

    Postdoctoral Fellow
    CSIRO

  • 2011-2012

    Postdoct Fellow
    University of New England, Armidale

Other highlights

  • 2019--

    Invited talk: 37th Conference for the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), Lleida, Spain. The effect of allele ancestry on production traits of tropical composite cattle.

  • 2019--

    Invited talk: University of Melbourne, Animal Welfare Science Centre, Melbourne, Australia (2019) Advanced biotechnologies to improve the welfare of farm animals.

  • 2018--

    Invited talk: Yangling International Agri-Science Forum, Yangling, China (2018) Combining reproductive and genomic technologies for maximum genetic improvement in beef cattle.

  • 2018--

    Invited talk: Symposium of Reproduction and Genetics, Campo Grande, Brazil (2018) Combining reproductive biotechnology to genomics for animal improvement.

  • 2018--

    Invited talk: 8th Symposium on Applied Animal Reproduction, Londrina, Brazil (2018) Beef production in Australia, from management to genomic evaluation.

  • 2018--

    Invited talk: 11th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), Auckland, New Zealand (2018) Closing the gap on genomic technologies applied to tropical beef cattle.

  • 2017--

    Invited talk: 22nd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG), Townsville, Australia (2017) Breed composition effects and genetic parameters for productivity of tropical beef cattle.

  • 2016--

    Invited talk: 35th Conference for the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), Salt Lake City, USA (2016) The effect of selection over years on breed composition in tropical composite cattle.

  • 2016--

    Invited talk: Regulatory Oversight of Products Developed Through New Breeding Techniques (NBTs), Brisbane, Australia (2016) Current applications of NBTs in animal science.

  • 2015--

    Invited talk: 21st Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG), Lorne, Australia (2015) Missing heritability of adaptation phenotypes of tropical cattle.

  • 2015--

    Invited talk: 5th international workshop: genomics applied to cattle production – beef chain production, Aracatuba, Brazil (2015) Applied genomics in cattle production in Australia: myth or reality?

  • 2015

    Invited talk: XXIII Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG), San Diego, USA. Systems Biology Approach to Prioritize SNP and Genes Affecting Fertility in Tropical Beef Cattle.

  • 2014

    Invited talk: 10th World Congress of Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), Vancouver, Canada. A Gene Network Inferred from Genome-wide Association: Prioritization of QTLs Associated with Tropical Cattle Reproduction.

  • 2013

    Invited talk: 20th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG), Napier, New Zealand. Population stratification and breed composition of Australian Tropically Adapted cattle.

  • 2012

    Invited talk: 15th Conference of the Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies (AAAP), Bangkok, Thailand. Genome-wide scan for evidence of positive selection in Hanwoo cattle.

  • 2010

    Invited talk: 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP), Leipzig, Germany. Meta-analysis of genome wide association and gene expression studies to identify candidate genes for tick burden in cattle.

  • 2010

    Invited talk: 32nd Conference for the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG), Edinburg, Scotland. Findings from the ISGC HapMap Experiment: Signatures of Selection in Domestic Sheep.

Grants

  • 2020-ongoing

    HeiferSELECT, SteerSELECT, ImmuneDEX - collaborative project with Angus Australia. Project Team Member.

  • 2021-ongoing

    Wagyu Feeder Check - Collaborative project with the Australian Wagyu Association. Project Team Member.

  • 2023-2026

    A&F Winaga-y Postdoctoral Fellow - Towards sex selection in livestock production: from biological discovery to applied genetics. Project Leader

  • 2022-2025

    CSIRO ResearchPlus Postdoctoral Fellow - Natural selection eats domestication for breakfast. Project Leader

  • 2019-2022

    CSIRO ResearchPlus Postdoctoral Fellow - The weakest link – using genomics to lift the productivity of Australia’s northern rangeland beef herds. Project Co-Leader.

  • 2018-2021

    CRC NA - Tropical beef genotypes to suit modern meat markets (being contracted)

  • 2018-2021

    Meat & Livestock Australia - Female Reproduction Phenobank and Validation Herds (being contracted)

  • 2018-2019

    CSIRO Strategic Investment - Improving bio-prediction in animals using DNA pools and low-density chips informed by regulatory regions.

  • 2018-2020

    Meat & Livestock Australia - Improving the Australian Poll Gene Marker Test

  • 2018-2018

    Meat & Livestock Australia - In silico analyses: Angus performance in the tropics. (being contracted). Partner Investigator.

  • 2018-2018

    SME Connect - Data analyses for Rennylea Angus Stud herd

  • 2017-2019

    ResearchPlus Postdoctoral Fellow - Animal Genome to Phenome. Partner Investigator (unofficial mentor)..

  • 2014-2016

    Accelerate Partnership Program - Breeding optimal Queensland beef cattle

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2020-2023

    Journal of Animal Science. Associate Editor.

  • 2019-2021

    CSIRO Queensland Animal Ethics Committee. Member.

  • 2016-2021

    Ruminant Genetics and Genomics, International Society for Animal Genetics Conferences. Workshop Chair.

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