Dr. James Koltes joins us as an Assistant Professor in Animal Breeding and Genetics. He was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the Animal Science Department. Dr. Koltes received his BS in Dairy Science and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and PhD from Iowa State University in Genetics. Dr. Koltes has worked on genomics research in a variety of species, often at the interface between molecular and quantitative/computational genetics. Dr. Koltes has a 65% research, 35% teaching appointment. His research at Iowa State will focus on the use of genetics and genomics to develop more disease and stress resistant dairy cattle. He also plans to work on development of bioinformatics resources and methods to better define what parts of the genome are functional and potentially important for use in livestock breeding.