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Dr. Christine Baes

Dr. Christine Baes

Professor and Department Chair, Animal Biosciences

Research focus: Improving health, welfare, and productivity of farm animals through genetic and genomic selection

Dr. Christine Baes grew up on a dairy farm one hour west of Guelph where her passion for agriculture began at a young age. Although she grew up locally and completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guelph, her professional endeavours have taken her all over the world. Christine completed her MSc in Animal Welfare at the Universität Hohenheim and PhD in Quantitative Genetics at the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology and the Christian Albrechts Universität zu Kiel in Germany.

After her PhD, she worked for a year at the Universität Hohenheim and then ran a stud farm in the south of Germany before moving to Switzerland as a contract researcher for a Swiss swine breeding company. She also became involved in teaching quantitative genetics courses in Zurich while studying the genetic component of boar taint in pigs, resulting in the development of a performance test for boar taint. These diverse livestock breeding projects provided her with real world experience which she leverages in her current research program.

When a position became available at the University of Guelph, Dr. Baes seized the opportunity to be closer to family and accepted a position as Semex Canadian Dairy Network Holstein Canada Professor in Dairy Genomics in June 2015. She’s excited to be in Guelph working with like-minded researchers who enthusiastically  tackle large, interdisciplinary projects to inform real world solutions for the dairy industry. In 2023, she was selected to be Chair of Animal Biosciences. She continues her active research program while leading the department.

Dr. Baes has been involved in the development of Dairy at Guelph since its beginning in 2015 and looks forward to what can be accomplished in the years to come.

“I think that Dairy at Guelph is really managing to break down walls between different colleges and departments and build a bridge between the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College,” says Baes. “We’ve got a fantastic history and a really promising future with through knowledge sharing and broadening our own, individual horizons.”

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