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Dr. Li Ma



Animal & Avian Sciences 2123 AnSc/AgEn Building 8127 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742


  • Statistical Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • GWAS
  • Genomic Selection
  • Dairy Cattle


  • Research is centered on elucidating the genetic basis and mechanism of complex traits and diseases of animals and humans, which can potentially leads to higher production of economically important traits for livestock animals, and can also results in better prediction and cure of diseases
  • Focus on developing statistical approaches and computing tools to boost the power of current and next-generation sequencing-based genetic studies, including approaches to facilitating accurate and powerful tests of association, to detecting gene-gene interactions, and to integrating a variety of biological knowledge from genetic, genomic, and epigenetic studies to genomic selection of livestock species
  • Sequence-based big data genomic discovery and application to improve dairy fertility
  • Genetic analyses of recombination and PRDM9 alleles and their implications in dairy cattle breeding
  • Genomic discovery and application to Improve cattle health using the US dairy genomics database