Ignacy Misztal, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Georgia (UGA), was inducted into the Journal of Dairy Science (JDS®) Club 100 during the 2022 ADSA Annual Meeting.
The JDS Club 100 began in 2017 to celebrate the 100th volume of the Journal of Dairy Science – the leading dairy research journal worldwide – and to recognize a select set of individuals who have authored or coauthored 100 or more papers in the journal.
Dr. Misztal’s main research is in genetic evaluation methodology and computational strategies that improve livestock production and sustainability. He pioneered single-step GBLUP – a method to consider genomic, pedigree and phenotypic information jointly; this method become the standard in the field. He also pioneered a novel method to evaluate animals for heat tolerance using special models with data from public weather stations. Software programs developed by his lab have been used by researchers in at least 50 countries and have become the backbone for the genetic evaluation programs of some of the largest animal genetics companies and breed associations in the world.
Dr. Misztal and the UGA group have collaborated for the past three years with CDCB and USDA-AGIL to further develop genetic and genomic evaluation methodologies, focused on single-step genomic methods. A main goal is to assess the advantages and feasibility of implementing single-step methods in the U.S. genetic official evaluations, considering both the theoretical improvements and the scalability needed.
Ignacy, congratulations on this prestigious recognition!
Photo caption: Ignacy Misztal (left) was inducted into the JDS Club 100 in June 2022. Photo provided by American Dairy Science Association.