I work for Wageningen UR since 1997 in the area of animal breeding. My interests are: i) numerical genetics/genomics, ii) practical and theoretical animal breeding and iii) connecting people (and science). Examples of exciting projects are: i) the1000 bull genome project, ii) the global Dry Matter Inititative (gDMI) combin ing feed intake data across the world, and iii) Breed4Food
Next to my scientific interests, I have practical involvement with dairy cattle breeding organisations in several countries. In the Netherlands&Flanders I coordinate the organisation responsible for the genetic evaluation for sires (http://www.gesfokwaarden.eu/).
In 2012 I became extraordinary professor at Wageningen University, after heading the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre of Wageningen Livestock Research for ten years. Since 2013 I hold a part time Professor position at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and I am visiting professor at SRUC in Scotland. Where I served as researcher from 1991 to1997, and graduated for my PhD in 1995.