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Albert Johannes Buitenhuis


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Albert Johannes Buitenhuis


  • Center for Kvantitativ Genetik og Genomforskning
Blichers Allé 20
K23, 3025

E-mail: bart.buitenhuis@qgg.au.dk

Telefon: +4587157947

Curriculum Vitae

Job experience:

2010 - :                   Associate Professor. University of Aarhus. Dept. Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.


Jan 2004 - 2010:        Post doc. Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Tjele Denmark. Animal Breeding and Genetics Group

                              Job description: QTL mapping in pig and cattle, gene- expression analysis in chicken


Sept-Nov 2003:          Post doc. Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

                              Job description: Writing proposal for “Milk Genomics Initiatief”.


1999-October 2003:     PhD student. Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.



1997: Bsc. Animal Sciences (Specialization: Dairy Cattle and Biotechnology). Christelijke Agrarische Hogeschool, Dronten, The Netherlands.

1999: Msc. Animal Breeding (Molecular), Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

2003: PhD. Animal Breeding, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands. Thesis: Genetic Analysis of feather pecking and open-field behavior in laying hens.


Additional courses taken:

1998: Radiation expert level 5b: Basics on working with radio-activity according the Dutch law.

2000: Laboratory animal expert Article 9: Certificate on working with laboratory animals as described according the Dutch law.

2004: Post-Graduate Course in Animal Breeding Module I: Introduction to probability theory: given by Dr. I. Riis-Korsgaard

        Post-Graduate Course in Animal Breeding Module II: Estimation of genetic parameters using likelihood and Baysian methods: given by Prof. D. Sorensen

2005: Microarray Design and Analysis Course. EADGENE. Edinburgh, UK. 5-7th December 2005.

2006: Microarry course. Microarray Data Analysis Workshop. EADGENE. Tune, DK. 1-3rd November 2006.

2008: Microarry course. Microarray Data Analysis Workshop. EADGENE. Lelystad, NL. 12-14 November 2008.

        BioSys course: C022 NCBI 2.0: Course given by Dr. P. Villesen. BiRC. University of Aarhus. Aarhus, DK. 6 November 2008.

        Training programme in university teaching for assistant professors. Module 1. University of Aarhus. Aarhus, DK. 27-28 November 2008.

2009: Training programme in university teaching for assistant professors. Module 2. University of Aarhus. Aarhus, DK. 13-14 February 2009. Module 3. University of Aarhus.

        Aarhus, DK. 20-21 April 2009.

2010: EMBL-EBI Joint Hands- on Training and Industry Programme Workshop: Cheminformatics in R. Course given by Dr. R. Guha and Dr. S. Neumann. EMBL-European

        Bioinformatics Institute. Hinxton, UK. 17-18 May 2010.

        PhD supervisor course. Course given by Dr. G. Wichmann-Hansen and Dr. E. Norberg. University of Aarhus. Foulum, DK. 24 November 2010.

2011: Group leader course: “Udviklingsforløb for forskerledere”. Course given by Learn2lead A/S. www.learn2lead.dk . Module 1: ”God ledelse på Institut for Molekylærbiology og

        Genetik”. Aarhus University. Aarhus, DK. 13-14 October 2011. Module 2: ”Power2Influence” Aarhus University. Aarhus, DK. 11-12 November 2011. Module 3: “Leder som

        kompetenceudvikler” Aarhus University. Aarhus, DK. 19-20 December 2011.

2014: EigenU Europe: Course on Beginning/Intermediate chemometrics. FOSS Innovation Centre, Hillerød, DK. November 10-13 2014.

2015: Training on Infra-red spectroscopy&Chemometrics. CRA-W, Gembloux, B. 23-27 February 2015.

2016: PhD supervision. Course for supervisors at Science and Technology. Aarhus University, Foulum, DK. 6-7 January 2016.


Scientific interest:

  • Studying the genetic architecture of quantitative traits by using gene-expression profiling, genome wide association mapping, and DNA sequence analysis.
  • New phenotypes for cattle breeding
  • Milk Genomics
  • Behaviour genetics / Immuno genetics
  • Cattle, chicken


Research projects:

  1. Project “Feather pecking behaviour in laying hens-genes and pathways related to the development of feather pecking and Cannibalism”, granted by The Danish Research Council. 2005. One post-doctoral fellow for 3 years. (Main applicant). 3,000,000 dkr.


  1. Project “Quantitative Milk Genomics”, granted by Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Tjele Denmark. 2009. Additional funding for a PhD student. (Main applicant)


  1. Project “Fænotypiske og genotypiske markører for specifikke mælkekvalitetsegenskaber”, granted by Milk Levi Fund. 2010. Three year project. (Main applicant). 4,047,000 dkr.


  1. Project “Fine mapping and genomic selection for detailed milk composition”, granted by the European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics. 2014. Four year PhD project together with Wageningen University (NL). (Main applicant)


  1. Project “Guest Researcher in Milk Genomics: Dr. Henk Bovenhuis” granted by Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond (AUFF). 2014. (Main applicant).


  1. Project “FT-IR spektre i mælk: Genetisk variation og effekt på sundhed, frugtbarhed og energibalance”, granted by Milk Levi Fund. 2015. Three year project. (Main applicant). 4,309,000 dkr.



Supervision of PhD students:


Principle supervisor:

Kristian Krag (2009-2012): Quantitative Milk Genomics: Estimation of variance components and prediction of fatty acids in bovine milk. 2nd November 2012 (AU, DK).


Anna Schönhertz (2011-2014): Evolutionary mechanisms involved in emergence of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV) into cultured rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. 28th May 2014 (AU, DK).


Edin Hamzic (2011-2015): Genetics of mechanisms controlling responses to two major pathogens in broiler and layer chickens. 8th December 2015 (AgroParis Tech/INRA, F and AU, DK)


Grum Gebreyesus (2014- ):


Roos Zaalberg (2016- ):


Professional activities:


  • Ad hoc grant reviewer for:

Forskningsrådet Formas, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Sweden);

Slovak Research and Development Agency (Slovakia);

US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (Israel);

National Science Center (Narodowe Centrum Nauki – NCN) (Poland);

The Carlifornia Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) (USA);

German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft -DFG) (Germany).


  • Ad hoc journal reviewer for:

Animal, Animal Genetics, BMC genetics, BMC Genomics, Genes Brains and Behavior, Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Journal of Applied Genetics, Genetic Selection and Evolution, Journal of Dairy Science, Molecular Ecology, Physiology & Behavior, Poultry Science, World’s Poultry Science Journal.

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