Despite the rapid development of genomic technologies, relatively little progress has been made in understanding how DNA controls trait expression in farm animals. The ultimate goal of Dr. Christine Baes’ research is to understand the genomic architecture of quantitative traits in livestock. By doing so, she aims to improve the health, welfare and efficiency of farm animals. She will use genetic and genomic technologies, and work to uncover the relationships between phenotype and genotype. By Understanding how desirable and undesirable traits are controlled at the DNA level will help farmers increase breeding of healthy, disease-resistant animals by several orders of magnitude.