Anders Christian Sørensen


Profile photoAnders Christian Sørensen
Institut for Molekylærbiologi og Genetik - Center for Kvantitativ Genetik og Genomforskning
Blichers Allé 20
8830, Tjele

Telefon: 87157921
Mobil: 2896 0425
Fax: 8715 4994

Academic training and degrees

2002-2005Ph.d. in Animal Breeding, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen (RVAU)
1999-2002MSc in Agricultural Sciences, RVAU
1996-1999BSc in Agricultural Science, RVAU

Current affiliation

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics

Positions held

2009-nowSenior scientist, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
2009-2010Head of research group Population Genetics and Embryology, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aarhus University
2005-2009Scientist, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
2006 (jan-feb)Visiting scientist, Department of Primary Industries, Melbourne
2004Scientific assistant, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
2001Visiting student, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh

Research competences

Since I finished my Ph.D., I have been involved in developing tools for optimisation and evaluation of breeding programs in commercial populations. The development have led to a very general simulation software, ADAM, which have been used for evaluating alternative breeding plans for dairy cattle, pigs, dogs, and rainbow trouts. I have done a lot of the programming and supervised students that also contribute to the program development. I also contribute to the design of simulation and interpretation of results.

Research area

My research have been focusing on modeling of breeding programs in order to evaluate the short- and long-term consequences of different breeding programs. I have worked primarily with breeding programs in commercial populations, but conservation of genetic diversity also has my interest. The overall focus in terms of consequences is the balance between the rate of genetic gain and the rate of inbreeding. I have been addressing issues like mating systems, female reproductive technologies, selections criteria, breeding goal, exchange of genetic material between populations, genotyping strategies, genomic breeding values, and possibility for selection in small breeds.

Research management

I had a brief stint in 2009 and 2010 as head of the research group Population Genetics and Embryology, which included approximately 20 scientific staff and 10 technical staff. During this time I had the responsibility for budgeting and personnel. I have taken courses in project management and research management.


Total of 25 papers (peer-review)
Total number of citations: 237, H-index 7
Selected publications within the last 5 years:

Buch L.H., Kargo M., Berg P., Lassen J. & Sørensen A.C. 2012. The value of cows in reference populations for genomic selection of new functional traits. Anim. 6, 880-886.

Buch L.H., Kargo M., Berg P., Pedersen L.D. & Sørensen A.C. 2012. Genomic selection strategies in dairy cattle: Strong positive interaction between use of genotypic information and intensive use of young bulls on genetic gain. J. Anim. Breed. Genetics 129, 138-151.

Gourdine J.L., Sørensen A.C. & Rydhmer L. 2012. There is room for selection in a small local pig breed when using optimum contribution selection: A simulation study. J. Anim. Sci. 90, 76-84.

Pedersen K.S.; Pedersen L.D.; Sørensen A.C., Nielsen A.B. & Kristensen T.N. 2012. Investigating inbreeding depression for heat stress tolerance in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. J. Biol. Educ. 46, 52-57.

Pedersen L.D., Kargo M., Berg P., Voergaard J., Buch L.H. & Sørensen A.C. 2012. Genomic selection strategies in dairy cattle breeding programmes: Sexed semen cannot replace multiple ovulation and embryo transfer as superior reproductive technology. J. Anim. Breed. Genetics 129, 152-163.

Buch L.H., Sørensen A.C., Lassen J., Berg P., Eriksson J.A., Jakobsen J.H. & Sørensen M.K. 2011. Hygiene-related and feed-related hoof diseases show different patterns of genetic correlations to clinical mastitis and female fertility. J. Dairy Sci. 94, 1540-1551.

Buch L.H., Sørensen M.K., Lassen J., Berg P., Jakobsen J.H., Johansson K. & Sørensen A.C. 2011. Udder health and female fertility traits are favourably correlated and support each other in multi-trait evaluations. J. Anim. Breed. Genetics 128, 174-182.

Sørensen, M.K., Pedersen, L.D., Berg, P. & Sørensen, A.C. 2011 Genetic gain in dairy cattle populations is increased using sexed semen in commercial herds. J. Anim. Breed. Genet. 128, 267-275.

Pedersen L.D., Sørensen A.C. & Berg P. 2010. Marker-assisted selection reduces expected inbreeding but can result in large effects of hitchhiking. J. Anim. Breed. Genetics 127, 189-198.

Rokouei M., Torshizi R.V., Shahrbabak M.M., Sargolzaei M. & Sørensen, A.C. 2010. Monitoring inbreeding trends and inbreeding depression for economically important traits of Holstein cattle in Iran. J. Dairy Sci. 93, 3294-3302.

Buch L.H., Sørensen A.C., Lassen J., Berg P., Christensen L.G. & Sørensen M.K. 2009. Factors affecting the exchange of genetic material between Nordic and US Holstein populations J. Dairy Sci. 92, 4023-4034.

Henryon, M., Sørensen, A.C. & Berg, P. 2009. Mating selected parents by minimising the covariance between genetic contributions reduces inbreeding in selective breeding programs. Animal 3, 1339-1346.

Pedersen L.D., Sørensen A.C. & Berg P. 2009. Marker-assisted selection can reduce true as well as pedigree-estimated inbreeding. J. Dairy Sci. 92, 2214-2223.

Pedersen L.D., Sørensen A.C., Henryon M., Ansari-Mahyari, S. & Berg P. 2009. ADAM: A computer program to simulate selective breeding schemes for animals. Livest. Sci. 121, 343-344.

Ansari-Mahyari S., Sørensen A.C., Lund M.S., Thomsen H. & Berg P. 2008. Across-family marker-assisted selection using selective genotyping strategies in dairy cattle breeding schemes. J. Dairy Sci. 91, 1628-1639.

Sørensen, A.C. & Norberg E. 2008. Inbreeding in the Danish populations of five Nordic sheep breeds. Acta Agric. Scand, Sect. A 58, 1-4.

Sørensen M.K., Sørensen A.C., Baumung R., Borchersen S. & Berg P. 2008. Optimal genetic contribution selection in Danish Holstein depends on pedigree quality. Livest. Sci. 118, 212-222.

Supervision and Teaching

Completed: 2 MSc, 2 PhD
Currently supervising: 3 PhD

I am currently teaching one half of the 10 ECTS MSc course “Animal Breeding and Genetics”. I am responsible for the part of the course on design and evaluation of breeding programs in livestock. In addition I have been teaching design of genomic breeding plans at a PhD course in Sweden in March 2010.