Yvonne Wientjes, PhD candidate at the Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre, obtained her PhD degree with distinction (cum laude), based on her thesis ‘Multi-population genomic prediction’. Yvonne did excellent research, under daily supervision of Dr. Mario Calus and promotor Prof. Roel Veerkamp. Her main conclusion is that genomic prediction can benefit from the use of another population, provided that the reference population is relatively small, both populations are closely related, and many individuals of the other population are being added.
The results have yielded important theoretical insights for quantitative genetics, and are also directly applicable for, amongst others, the breeding company CRV (that financed her research). At the same time, Yvonne was able to finish her PhD thesis in four years, while all five papers were published before her defence.
Yvonne Wientjes defended her PhD thesis on January 22 in the Aula of Wageningen University. The defence can still be viewed through WUR-TV.