Keynote Speakers

We are proud to announce the following keynote speakers for ISGA XIII

Prof Francesc Piferrer

Prof Francesc Piferrer is a Research Professor at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM), a Center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona. He is an internationally-renowned expert in epigenetics and its role in sex differentiation of aquaculture species.

He is the author of over 175 articles —including a dozen book chapters and the edition of two books— including more than one hundred published in peer-reviewed international journals such as Nature Communications, PLoS Genetics, Bioessays, Genetics, BMC Genomics and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). His work has been cited about 5,700 times and three of his articles are considered "Highly-cited papers."

His plenary will be on Epigenetics as a key mechanism in the sex differentiation and sex control of aquaculture species.

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Ben Hayes

Prof Ben Hayes

Prof Ben Hayes is the co-inventor of genomic selection and has extensive research experience in genetic improvement of livestock, crop, pasture and aquaculture species.

He is the author of more than 150 journal papers, in the fields of statistical methodology for genomic, microbiome and metagenomic profile predictions, quantitiative genetics including knowledge of genetic mechanisms underlying complex traits, and development of bioinformatics pipelines for sequence analysis. He was a Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher in 2015 and 2016.

His plenary will be on  Genomic selection and its revolutionary application to aquaculture genetic improvement

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