Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah

Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah (University of Ghana)

Research title: Genetic diversity, linkage disequilibrium & genomic selection of the Ashanti dwarf pig of Ghana.

Research project: Dr Richard Osei-Amponsah is working on a research project entitled ‘genetic diversity, linkage disequilibrium & genomic selection of the ashanti dwarf pig of Ghana’ investigating whether the application of genomic selection tools will enable genetic characterisation and the establishment of a sustainable breeding programme for the ashanti dwarf pig (ADP). Aims of the project include: undertaking a genetic characterisation of local and exotic pig breeds of Ghana; utilising linkage disequilibrium and appropriate genetic markers to identify QTL growth, carcass, reproductive and diseases resistance traits in the ADP; utilising genotyping strategies to develop a genomic selection scheme for ADP; establishing a breeding programme for the ADP based on genomic selection scheme developed, and; building human and institutional capacity in the management and characterisation of swine genetic resources. An anticipated output is published results and papers on the research, which will be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Pathology.

Collaborating with: Professor Nabeel Affarra and Dr Carole Sargent, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.