Texas A&M Professor Chosen as Honorary Member of International Society for Animal Genetics
Posted September 01, 2016
Dr. Leif Andersson, Governor’s University Research Initiative
(GURI) faculty fellow and professor at Uppsala University in
Sweden, was recently named an honorary member of the International
Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG). Only 16 scientists have
received this prestigious recognition since ISAG was established as
an international society for research on animal genetics in 1974.
Andersson is the second honoree to be affiliated with Texas A&M
University—the first being Dr. James Womack, professor in the
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology.
“The first international conference I attended in my life was
the ISAG conference in Ottowa in 1982, where I presented the
genetic mapping of chestnut and roan color in horses. It is
wonderful to now become an honorary member of ISAG 34 years and
about 370 published papers later,” Andersson said.
“He is a leader in solving complex problems in animal and human
health and leverages advances in genomic technologies to make great
strides in the field of genomics,” said Dr. Evelyn Castiglioni,
department head of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences at the
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) at
Andersson, former Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Studies
Faculty Fellow, has made a number of contributions to the field of
genetics, which have applications in veterinary medicine and
agriculture. Additionally, he has published more than 370
scientific articles and has received six patents and filed
applications for two more.
This is not Andersson’s first honor. He has also been uniquely
elected to four major scientific royal societies in Sweden (Royal
Swedish Society for Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala and the
Royal Physiographic Society in Lund) and was elected as a Foreign
Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He received the
Wolf price in Agriculture in 2014. He was also one of five faculty
members at Texas A&M awarded a GURI Grant
ISAG facilitates workshops and conferences that promote
collaboration and knowledge sharing within the field of genetics.
The society also publishes an official journal, Animal
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