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Dr Lucky Nesengani

Animal Reproduction

Agricultural Research Council of South Africa



Dr Lucky Tendani Nesengani has been training in animal breeding and genetics under the Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (BLUP) section at the Agricultural Research Council, South Africa, since 2012. He obtained his PhD in Animal Science (Breeding and Genetics) in 2017, for which he was also awarded the most outstanding international student in China 2017 award. He obtained his MSc in Animal Science (Breeding and Genetics) in 2014. He has been trained in bioinformatics and next generation sequencing techniques.

Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa. His research interests cover selection and quantitative genetics, miRNA and their target genes under different conditions in relation to livestock phenotypes, and functional genomics.

For the past three years, Lucky has been working on factors that affect microbial genetic diversity and functional differences in livestock using a metagenomics approach. He has worked on different species such as bovine, poultry, swine and rabbits.

Lucky has published research articles in high impact journals of good repute, and has carried out research work on cell culture, transcriptomics, metagenomics, next generation sequencing, and quantitative genetics. He is also a reviewer for international journals such as RSC Advances and the Animal journal under the Animal Science (Breeding and Genetics) section.