Dr Yutao Li

Senior Research Scientist

Contact details:

  • +61732142465


Yutao Li received her B. Agr. Sc. Degree (with the major in Animal Husbandry) from Xingjiang Agriculture University (China) and was awarded a PhD in Quantitative Genetics from the University of New South Wales in 1995. From 1993-1995, she was a Research Officer with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, involved in the evaluation of WA Merino sheep breeding programs and identification of coefficient variation (CV) of fibre diameter as an indirect measurement for wool staple strength. The research led to the sheep industry to include CV of fibre diameter into the selection index for breeding programs. From 1995-1999, Yutao worked as a project leader /Quantitative Geneticist at the ForBio Research Ptd Ltd., primarily in the genetic mapping and QTL detection of economically important traits for different forestry species. Since 1999, she joined the CSIRO and became an integral part of the CSIRO Animal Molecular Genetics Team engaging in the development of genetic markers for carcass and meat quality traits in Beef cattle, and for fleece rot and pigmentation in Australian Merino sheep. She received the 2003 CSIRO Medal as a member of the team that made significant contributions to the discovery and industrial application of molecular genetic tests in cattle. From 2001 she led CSIRO Aquaculture Genetics Team to construct the world first Black tiger and Kuruma prawn genetic maps, identified first growth candidate gene for Kuruma prawn, and developed high throughput microsatellite systems for monitoring genetic diversity and pedigree identification of commercial Black tiger prawn farms in Australia. Since 2009, Yutao has been applying her extensive knowledge and skills in advanced statistics, computational biology, quantitative and molecular genetics to help a number of project teams across CSIRO business units as well as external research partners in analysing complex biological datasets. Her current research interests include the development and application of machine learning methods for integrating multi sources of information (e.g. genomics and other OMICs) to predict future individual performances across generations and species.

Other Interests

Tai Chi and Choir singing: Alto with Brisbane Little Candle Light Choir.

Current Roles

  • Project Leader
    Machine Learning Methods for Genomic Selection across Generations and Species

  • PhD supervisor
    Applying Deep Learning Methods to Predict Future Animal Performance

  • Project Leader
    Efficient machine learning pipelines for genomic prediction of complex traits in future generations

Academic Qualifications

  • 1986

    Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Honors)
    Xinjiang Agriculture University (Former Xinjiang August-First Agriculture College)

  • 1995

    PhD in Quantitative Genetics
    University of New South Wales

Professional Experiences

  • September 1993-March 1995

    Research Officer
    Sheep Industry Branch, Western Australian Department of Agriculture, South Perth, Western Australia

  • April 1995-January 1999

    Project Leader / Quantitative Geneticist
    ForBio Research Pty Ltd., Indooroopilly, Queensland

  • February 1999-June 2004

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Livestock Industries, St Lucia, Queensland

  • July 2004-Present

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Livestock Industries /CSIRO Animal, Food and Health Sciences/ CSIRO Agriculture & Food, St Lucia, Queensland

Achievements and Awards

  • 2003-2004

    CSIRO Medal for significant contributions to the discovery and industrial application of molecular genetic tests in cattle

  • 2008-2009

    Wang Kuancheng Fund
    Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • 2017-2018

    CSIRO - Chinese Academy of Sciences Exchange Program Scholarship

Other highlights

  • 2014--

    Invited talk: 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production. Using Random Forests (RF) to prescreen candidate genes: a new prospective for GWAS.

  • 2012--

    Invited training course. The South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Guangzhou, 21-23 September 2012.Introduction to quantitative genetics, SNP markers and genome wide association studies, and whole genome selection.

  • 2008--

    Invited training course. The Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Qingdao. 4-5 July. 2008. Introduction to Quantitative Genetics, Genome Wide Association Studies and Whole Genome Selection.

  • 2008--

    Invited talk: International Collaboration Projects Forum – Marine Biotechnology and Functional Genomics Research and Applications. Qingdao. China. Genetic Markers and Their Application in Australian Prawn Industry.

  • 2006--

    Invited talk: The Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences. Qingdao, China. Overview of CSIRO Aquaculture Research Programs and Molecular Genetics Activities.

  • 2006--

    Invited talk: The Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Qingdao, China. Identification and Characterization of Growth QTLs in P. japonicus.

  • 2005--

    Invited talk: International Shrimp Genomic Consortium Workshop, Jan 13-14, 2005, San Diego, USA. Current Status of Shrimp Genomic Research in Australia.

  • 2001--

    Invited talk: Plant and Animal Genome IX. San Diego, USA. Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for production traits of the Kuruma Prawn Penaeus Japonicus using AFLP Markers.

  • 2000--

    Invited talk: Plant and Animal Genome VIII. San Diego, USA. International Collaboration on Genetic Mapping of the Black Tiger Shrimp, Penaeus monodon: Progress Update.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2018-2019

    The organising committee member. CSIRO Cutting Edge Symposium - Machine Learning in Genome Biology Symposium (2019, Kiama, NSW)

  • 2016-2017

    Vice-President. The Executive Committee for 22nd Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) Conference (Townsville, QLD)

  • 2004-2005

    General member. The organizing committee for 16th Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) Conference (Noosa, QLD)


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