Thesis subjects Animal Breeding and Genetics

Below you will find a table with potential subjects for your MSc-thesis Animal Breeding and Genetics. The subjects are ordered so that quantitative genetics are at the top, then subjects that are at the interface of quantitative genetics and genomics, then genomics subjects with emphasis on data analyses, and finally subjects that are more traditionally molecular genetics. Most genomics related subjects require bioinformatics skills.

These subjects are available. To prevent overload of supervisors, however, there is a limit to the number of students that can work on a thesis supervised by the same person simultaneously. This means that it is possible that the subject of your choice is not available at the moment that you would like to start. If you are interested in one of the subjects, please contact Bart Ducro (

Thesis Subjects
Subject ects Supervision
Genetic parameters of racing performance of Arabian horses in the Netherlands 24/36 Bart Ducro/Ilse van Grevenhof
Maternal genetic effects in conformation and movement 36 Bart Ducro
Breeding program for genomics-based selection for better health in horses 24 Bart Ducro
Effect of preselection on size in horses 24/36 Bart Ducro
By selecting for higher mean in GIFT Nile tilapia do we also select for higher variability? 36 Jovana Marjanovic/ Piter Bijma/ Han Mulder
Unravelling the genetics behind coat colour in Groningen White Headed (GWH; Groninger Blaarkop) cattle 26 Mario Calus / Ina Hulsegge
GWAS for IgE (related to insect bite hypersensitivity) in horses 36 Anouk Schurink
Detection of hoof health disorders of lactating dairy cows based on infrared data of routinely recorded milk samples 36 Henk Bovenhuis / CRV
Analysis of Genotype by Environment interaction in laying hens: the effect of beak trimming on egg production 36 Piter Bijma / Hendrix genetics
Maximising crossbred performance through purebred genomic selection 36 Hadi Esfandyari / Piter Bijma
Are differences in recombination heritable?? 36 Henk Bovenhuis / Piter Bijma
Influence of environmental and heritable factors on OC in the Dutch horse industry (sep 2014) 36 Ilse v Grevenhof
Breeding values for feed intake in dairy cattle: how to use animals without DNA information? Roel Veerkamp, Yvette de Haas
Quantification of genetic variation in methane emission of dairy cows. 36 Marleen Visker
Genetics of tolerance to nematodes in sheep 36 Han Mulder / Hamed Rashidi
Breed for healthy cows using information on Nab’s 24/36 Britt de Klerk
Testing the BayesH-procedure for Whole Genome Sequence Analysis (WGSA) using simulation 36 Henri Heuven
Recombination hotspot in genomic assisted mating 36 Roel Veerkamp
Genomic breeding value for feed intake in dairy cattle 36 Roel Veerkamp/ Yvette de Haas
CVN analysis in different turkey breeds using 650k SNP genotypes 36 Richard Crooijmans
Detection of variation in allelic gene expression by means of RNA-seq 36 Ole Madsen
Estimation of de novo mutation rates using family-biased sequencing analysis 24/36 Ole Madsen
Analysis of epigenetic control of gene expression in cognitive development in pigs 24/36 Kyle Schachtschneider / Ole Madsen
Sus cebifrons (Visayan warty pig) de novo genome assembly, annotation, and transcriptome analysis for conservation genomics 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens / Ole Madsen
Gene transcription in a transgenic swine cancer model (oncopig) (start after July 2014) 24 Kyle Schachtschneider / Ole Madsen
In silico predictions of risk of inbreeding depression in the endangered sus cebifrons (Visyan wary pig) from re-sequencing data of two zoo populations 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens / Ole Madsen
Winter moth genomics: studying the genome, variome, and transcriptome of a model species for response to climate change 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens / Sandra Smit (bioinf) / Marcel Visser (NIOO)
Yellowtail kingfish genomics: studying the genome and variome of a newly domesticated marine fish species 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens / Robbert Blonk / Dick de Ridder (bioninf)
Finding recombination hotspots in the turkey genome from linkage disequilibrium mapping based on whole-genome resequencing data 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens / John Bastiaansen
Conservation genomics of wild boar 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens
Assessment of risk of inbreeding depression in domesticated animal populations based on whole-genome re-sequencing data 24/36 Hendrik-Jan Megens
Genetic diversity of the Haflinger 24 Bart Ducro
Cryptorchic disorders in the Friesian stallions 24/36 Bart Ducro
Selection for natural antibodies and its molecular and genetic basis in chicken 36 Tom Berghof, Henk Bovenhuis, Jan van der Poel