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The mission of the Laboratory of Functional Genomics at the Institute of Veterinary Medicine (https://www.vet.umk.pl/), Faculty of Biological and Veterinary Science (https://www.biol.umk.pl/), Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland (https://www.umk.pl/) is to discover and analyze the functional genes in domestic animals. The information will provide new insights into cellular processes and the development of novel genomic strategies for their genetic improvement. The Laboratory of Functional Genomics at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun was established on the 1st of April, 2009 and headed by Prof dr hab. Chandra S. Pareek. The Genomics-lab at UMK is dedicated to interdisciplinary multi-Omics researches in veterinary science, which includes functional genomics, next-generation genome sequencing (NGS), Multi-Omics studies based on mRNA-seq, miRNA-seq, methyl-seq, ChIP-seq, Ampli-seq, genome editing, Crispr cas9, advanced veterinary bioinformatics, development of Biomarkers for animal production, health, and reproduction. The Genomics-lab located at NCU in Torun, Poland provided the research tools and techniques like routine sample preparation (DNA, RNA, and protein) genotyping and marker assays, high throughput genome sequencing, transcriptome sequencing analysis gene expression profiling, real-time PCR in domestic animals. We are a young scientific team and our staff’s research activities in form of Publications, abstracts, scientific talks, book chapters can be found here. Genomics Lab at UMK Torun has well-defined teaching curricula which include Introduction of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, DNA markers and linkage mapping in mammals, Molecular diagnosis techniques in mammals, Methodologies in advanced genomics, Gene expression profiling and development of biomarkers, Advanced functional genomics in mammals, Next-generation sequencing technologies and all classes and lectures are conducted in English. We are also actively looking for scientific collaborations within Poland and EU and the rest of the world for joint research proposals. We have a proven track record of receiving grants from local, national, and international institutions. Regarding scientific projects, Prof. Pareek conducted a total of 13 research projects, including five as a Principle Investigator (PI), five as the main investigator (contractor), and three as an investigator (contractor). One research project was conducted in the period prior to obtaining a doctoral degree (1995-1999), five research projects in the period between obtaining a doctoral degree and obtaining a habilitation degree (1999-2006), three research projects before Full-Professorship in Animal Science Discipline (2006-2012), and four research projects were in the period before Full Professorship in Veterinary Medicine Discipline (2012-2020). Since 2018, Prof. Pareek is the Editor in Chief of an open-access Translational Research in the Veterinary Science Journal (https://apcz.umk.pl/czasopisma/index.php/TRVS/index#new_tab). The scientific collaborations with several research institutes nation and worldwide are listed as below:

1. Professor Manfred Schwerin, Director of Leibniz-Institut für Nutztierbiologie (FBN) Institute (https://www.fbn-dummerstorf.de/en/), Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals, Dummerstorf, Germany, (1995-2004). Research Topic: " Immuno-relevant genetic markers for animal health improvement ".
2.Professor Jolanta Kurył, Institute of animal breeding and genetics (IGiHZ), Polish Academy of Science, Jastrzebiec, Warsaw, Poland (1995, 1997). [https://www.igbzpan.pl/ ]. Research Topic: " Microsatellite typing using ABI-Prizm DNA sequencer ".
3.Professor Asko Maki-Tanila, MTT Agrifood Research Center of Finland, Jokioinen, Finland. (1998). Research Topic: " Application of genetic markers in animal breeding ". [https://www.luke.fi/en/ ]
4.Professor Matti Ojala, Dept. of Animal Science, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (1999-2001). [https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/kari-elo/publications/ ]. Research Topic: " Bovine genome scan procedures and selective DNA Pooling methodology ".
5.Professor Marek Świtoński, Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Life Science University, Poznan. (2000-2004). Research Topic: " Bovine genome scan procedures and selective DNA Pooling methodology ".
6.Prof Lech Zwierzchowski, Institute of animal breeding and genetics (IGiHZ), Polish Academy of science, Jastrzebiec, Warsaw, Poland (2001-2007). [https://www.igbzpan.pl/]. Research Topic: " Identification of polymorphism at regulatory and promoter region of candidate genes for health and production traits using comparative sequencing analysis between Bos-Taurus and Bos-Indicus (Tharparker breed) ".
7.Professor Klaus Wimmers, Director, Research Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals, Dummerstorf, Germany: https://www.fbn-dummerstorf.de/en/ (2005-2011). Research Topic: "Gene expression profiling for selected cattle breeds using cDNA-AFLP technique ".
8.Prof Lech Zwierzchowski, Institute of animal breeding and genetics (IGiHZ), Polish Academy of science, Jastrzebiec, Warsaw, Poland (2004-2009). [https://www.igbzpan.pl/ ]. Research Topic: " Gene expression profiling for selected cattle breeds using cDNA-AFLP technique ".
9.Professor Zenon Zduńczyk, Institute of animal reproduction and food technology, Polish Academy of Science, Olsztyn. (2007-2009). Research Topic: "Band excision of cDNA-AFLP finger-print using Odyssey infra-red scanning system ".
10. Dr hab Mariusz Pierzchała, Institute of animal breeding and genetics (IGiHZ), Polish Academy of science, Jastrzebiec, Warsaw, Poland (2004-2009). [https://www.igbzpan.pl/kadra-zakladu-genomiki-i-bioroznorodnosci/ ]. Research Topic: " Gene expression profiling for selected cattle breeds using cDNA-AFLP technique ".
11. Professor dr hab. Urszula Czarnik, Dean, Faculty of Animal Bioengineering, UWM, Olsztyn. Research Topic: " Gene expression profiling for selected cattle breeds using cDNA-AFLP technique ".
12. Dr Dibyendu Kumar, Director, Genomics Core Facility, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, The New Jersey State University, NJ, USA. Research Topic: Analysis of Bos taurus transcriptomes using next-generation sequencing technology.
13. Dr hab Mariusz Pierzchała, Institute of animal breeding and genetics (IGiHZ), Polish Academy of science, Jastrzebiec, Warsaw, Poland (2013-2021---). [https://www.igbzpan.pl/kadra-zakladu-genomiki-i-bioroznorodnosci/ ]. Research Topic: Analysis of Bos taurus and sus scrufa transcriptomes using next-generation sequencing technology.
14.Professor dr hab Leyland Fraser, Department of Animal Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Faculty of Animal Bioengineering, UWM, Olsztyn (2016-2020). Research Topic: Analysis of boar sperm transcriptomes and their effect on sperm quality after cryopreservation.
15.Prof. Haja Kadermideen, Technical University, Copenhagen, Danmark. Research Topic: Copernikana Power EU PhD. (2019----). [https://orbit.dtu.dk/en/persons/haja-kadarmideen/ ]
16.Prof. dr hab. P. Sobiech, Vice -Dean (Education), Department and Clinic of Internal Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland. Research Topic: "Metabolic disorders (ketosis) and Nutrigenomics in cattle". [2020----]. http://bip.uwm.edu.pl/node/633/revisions/14987/view
17.Prof. Vishnu Sharma, Vice-chancellor (Rector), the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bijey Bhawan Palace Complex, Near Deen Dayal Upadhyay Circle, Bikaner-334001, Rajasthan, India. Research Topic: "Nutrigenomics” Pig as an animal model to investigate modern civilization disease [2020---]. http://rajuvas.org/vice-chancellor-profile/
18.Prof. Sanjita Sharma (Dean), Post Graduate Institute of Veterinary Education & Research(PGIVER), the Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Agra Road, Jamdoli, Jaipur - 302031, Rajasthan, India. Research Topic: "Nutrigenomics” Pig as an animal model to investigate modern civilization disease [2020----]. http://rajuvas.org/jaipur/
19. Prof. Yang Qing Lu, State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilisation of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, Guangxi University, Nanning, Guangxi, 530004, China. Research Topic: Multi-omics researches in context to oocyte maturation in cattle and buffalo. [2020---]. https://www.arbl.info/lu-yangqing
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