Background update:Mar 23, 2011

Cobb appoints director of biotechnology

Dr Rachel Hawken, who has extensive global experience in genomic research in a range of farm animals, has been appointed director of biotechnology for Cobb.

For the past 10 years Hawken was working for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, latterly as principal research scientist, leading a seven-year project exploring the genetics of bovine fertility to develop molecular tools for selecting superior breeding stock in beef cattle adapted to the country’s tropical and subtropical environments.

Dr Mitch Abrahamsen, Cobb vice president of research and development, said he was delighted that Hawken had accepted a key leadership position in their team. 

“Her vast experiences in state-of-the-art research programs focused on improving genetic performance in a wide variety of food animal species make her uniquely qualified,” he said. “Importantly, Rachel has led several initiatives employing genomic tools to better understand and improve animal breeding programs, and she will be key in leading our efforts in applying genomic technologies to achieve further advances in our industry-leading poultry breeding program.”

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