Schoenebeck, Jeff

Dr. Jeffrey Schoenebeck is an animal geneticist based at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). His research group is interested in the genetics behind selective breeding and their influences on skeletal form and function. Other efforts of his group include genetic mapping of rare diseases and building and annotating reference genomes of companion animals. Jeffrey Schoenebeck attained his BS in biology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. He earned his PhD in Developmental Genetics from New York University School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute in 2006. His postdoctoral research was conducted at the National Human Genome Research Institute. It is there that his interests turned to dog genetics. Based at the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies since 2013, the Schoenebeck group has pioneered the use of diagnostic imaging in genome wide association studies. To this end, his group has discovered genetic variants that are responsible for skull morphology and upper airway disease. These efforts are expected to improve canine welfare by influencing breeding practices and providing insights into aetiology of upper airway diseases.