Dr Imtiaz Randhawa

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Veterinary Science
Faculty of Science
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Dr. Imtiaz graduated in Animal Husbandry (2003) and then obtained MSc.(Hons) in Animal Breeding and Genetics (2005) from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pakistan. Later, in his PhD in Animal Genomics (2015) from The University of Sydney, he has developed bioinformatics tools – Meta Selection Scores (MSS) and Composite Selection Signals (CSS) – to investigate the core traits influenced by the historical selection events in worldwide cattle breeds and presented novel insights about the hot-spots of positive selection in the bovine genome. Dr. Imtiaz has been working since 2005 at various teaching and research positions at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore, University of Sydney, James Cook University and The University of Queensland. He is a motivated geneticist, conducting research in the fields of Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Breeding to understand and analyse the phenotypic and genomic data of various species (buffalo, cattle, chicken, dog, dingo, goat, horse, sheep) using high-performance computational and big-data analyses facilities and programming languages (R, Plink, Python); and to characterise the genetic architecture (gene variation, expression and regulatory networks) related to various complex traits of agricultural, clinical, environmental and economic importance for adaptation, appearance, production and welfare.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Sydney


  • Randhawa, Imtiaz A. S., Burns, Brian M., McGowan, Michael R., Porto-Neto, Laercio R., Hayes, Ben J., Ferretti, Ryan, Schutt, Karen M. and Lyons, Russell E. (2019) Optimized genetic testing for polledness in multiple breeds of cattle. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, g3.400866.2019. doi:10.1534/g3.119.400866

  • McHugo, Gillian P., Browett, Sam, Randhawa, Imtiaz A. S., Howard, Dawn J., Mullen, Michael P., Richardson, Ian W., Park, Stephen D. E., Magee, David A., Scraggs, Erik, Dover, Michael J., Correia, Carolina N., Hanrahan, James P. and MacHugh, David E. (2019) A population genomics analysis of the native Irish Galway sheep breed. Frontiers in Genetics, 10 . doi:10.3389/fgene.2019.00927

  • Bang, N.N., Hayes, B.J., Randhawa, I.A.S., Lyons, R.E., Gaughan, J.B., Chanh, N.V., Trach, N.X., Khang, N.D. and McNeill, D.M. (2019). Application of genomic selection to Vietnamese household dairy herds. In: 23rd AABG Conference, Armidale, Australia, (294-297). 27 October - 1 November 2019.

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