Elected: 2005
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Alan Archibald
Chair of Mammalian Molecular Genetics, University of Edinburgh
Professor Alan L. Archibald is a former Head of the Division of Genetics and Genomics at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. He is internationally recognised in the field of farm animal genetics and genomics research. He co-led the first international farm animal genome project – PiGMaP. He played a leading role in the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium that established the draft pig referenced genome sequence and co-led the generation of a revised high quality pig reference genome sequence. His research group have also assembled high quality reference genome sequences for the common warthog and Red River Hog. He has also contributed to genome projects for sheep, dog and Pacific oysters. He was a key initiator of global Functional Annotation of ANimal Genomes project.
His research is concerned with understanding the genetic control of complex traits, including production efficiency, product quality and host response to infectious disease, mainly in pigs.
Together with Professor Chris Haley he was awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s Research Medal in 1997 for research work of benefit to agriculture.