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Iowa State University

Iowa State University
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Jack C. M. Dekkers
Professor of Animal Science
Iowa State University
239 Kildee Hall
Ames, IA 50011-3150
Phone: 515-294-7509
For Advisor Appointments call 515-294-2570
Fax:     515-294-9150

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin/Madison: 1989
Master of Science, Agricultural University - Wageningen, The Netherlands: 1985
Bachelor of Science, Agricultural University - Wageningen, The Netherlands: 1982

2005: A.B. Chapman Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2004: J.L. Lush Award (American Dairy Science Association)
2004: Outstanding Achievement in Research (ISU College of Agriculture)

Dr. Dekkers (co-)teaches Quantitative and Populations Genetics (AnS561) and Animal Breeding Strategies, (AnS 652), in which the basic concepts and advanced issues in design, evaluation, and optimization of genetic improvement programs for livestock populations are presented and discussed.

Dr. Dekkers' areas of research are quantitative genetics and animal breeding with application to swine and poultry genetics, including utilization of molecular genetic and genomic information, QTL detection, gene expression data analysis, marker-assisted selection, design, optimization and economic aspects of breeding strategies, and genetic aspects of residual feed intake in pigs.

Professional Affiliations and Committees
American Dairy Science Association
American Society of Animal Science
Journal of Dairy Science, editorial board

Selected Publications

Zhao, H.H., R.L. Fernando, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2007. Power and precision of alternate methods for linkage disequilibrium mapping of QTL. Genetics: ahead of print pub. 10.1534/genetics.106.066480

Abasht, B., J.C.M. Dekkers, and S.J. Lamont. 2006. Review of quantitative trait loci identified in the chicken. Poultry Sci. 85: 2079-2096

Soller, M., S. Weigend, M.N. Romanov, J.C.M. Dekkers, and S.J. Lamont. 2006. Strategies to Assess Structural Variation in the Chicken Genome and its Associations with Biodiversity and Biological Performance. Poultry Sci. 85: 2061-2078.

McElroy, J.P., W. Zhang, K.J. Koehler, S.J. Lamont, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2006. Comparison of methods for analysis of selective genotyping survival data. Genet. Sel. Evol. 38: 637-655.

Grapes, L., M. Z. Firat, J.C.M. Dekkers, M.F. Rothschild, and R.L. Fernando. 2006. Optimal haplotype structure for linkage disequilibrium-based fine mapping of quantitative trait loci using identity-by-descent. Genetics 172: 1955-1965.

Zhao, H., D. Nettleton, M. Soller, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2005. Evaluation of linkage disequilibrium measures between multi-allelic markers as predictors of linkage disequilibrium between markers and QTL. Genet. Res. Camb. 86: 77-87.

Kim, J.-J., M.F. Rothschild, J. Beever, S. Rodriguez-Zas, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2005. Joint analysis of two breed cross populations in pigs to improve detection and characterization of quantitative trait loci. J. Anim Sci. 83: 1229-1240.

Casey, D.S., H.S. Stern, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2005. Identifying errors and factors associated with errors in data from electronic swine feeders. J. Anim. Sci. 83: 969-982

J.C.M. Dekkers 2004. Commercial application of marker- and gene-assisted selection in livestock: strategies and lessons. J. Anim. Sci. 82: E313-328E

J.C.M. Dekkers, and R. Chakraborty. 2004. Optimizing purebred selection for crossbred performance using QTL. Genet. Sel. Evol. 36: 297-324.

Chakraborty, R., L. Moreau, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2002. A method to optimize selection on multiple identified quantitative trait loci. Genet. Sel. Evol. 34: 145-170.

J.C.M. Dekkers, and F. Hospital. 2002. Utilization of molecular genetics in genetic improvement of plants and animals. Nature Reviews: Genetics 3: 22-32.

J.C.M. Dekkers, and R. Chakraborty. 2001. Potential gain from optimizing multi-generation selection on an identified quantitative trait locus. J. Anim. Sci. 79:2975-2990.

Kadarmideen, H. N., and J.C.M. Dekkers. 2001. Generalized marker regression and interval QTL mapping methods for binary traits in half-sib family design. J. Anim. Breed. Genet. 118: 297-309.

J.C.M. Dekkers, and J.A.M. van Arendonk. 1998. Optimum selection for quantitative traits with information on an identified locus in outbred populations. Genetical Research 71: 257-275.

J.C.M. Dekkers, and J.P. Gibson. 1998. Applying breeding objectives to dairy cattle improvement. J. Dairy Sci. 81(2):19-35 (Invited presentation). Jamrozik, J., L.R. Schaeffer, and J.C.M. Dekkers. 1997. Genetic evaluation of dairy cattle using test day yields and a random regression model. J. Dairy Sci. 80:1217-1226.

Complete list of Dr. Dekkers' publications