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Sarah Blott, B.Sc, M.Sc, Ph.D

Department of Genetics, Centre for Preventive Medicine
Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford
Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7UU

Career summary, research topics and interests
Dr Sarah Blott is a Research Group Leader at the Animal Health Trust and is interested in the development of breeding schemes for companion animals and horse that combine state-of-the-art knowledge in quantitative genetics with molecular genetic markers.  She has an MSc in Animal Breeding and a PhD in Quantitative Genetics, completed at the Roslin Institute (Edinburgh).  Following the award of a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellowship, she went to the University of Liège, Belgium to work with Professor Michel Georges on methods for fine mapping of complex trait loci in dairy cattle.  In 2002 she joined Sygen International plc, one of the world’s leading animal breeding companies, as a Senior Research Scientist and was responsible for data analysis on several research projects in the areas of gene mapping and high throughput gene expression analysis.  She has also successfully managed multi-partner European Commission research projects and was a Visiting Scientist at the University of Cambridge Vet School in 2005.

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Significant publications
[Genetics of recurrent airway obstruction (RAO)] Gerber V, Swinburne JE, Blott SC, Nussbaumer P, Ramseyer A, Klukowska-Rötzler J, Dolf G, Marti E, Burger D, Leeb T. Dtsch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2008 Jul;115(7):271-5. Review. German.

Gene expression profiling in porcine maternal infanticide: a model for puerperal psychosis. Quilter CR, Gilbert CL, Oliver GL, Jafer O, Furlong RA, Blott SC, Wilson AE, Sargent CA, Mileham A, Affara NA. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2008 Oct 5;147B(7):1126-37.

Porcine maternal infanticide as a model for puerperal psychosis. Quilter CR, Blott SC, Wilson AE, Bagga MR, Sargent CA, Oliver GL, Southwood OI, Gilbert CL, Mileham A, Affara NA. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2007 Oct 5;144B(7):862-8.

Confirmation of the mapping of the porcine calumenin gene (CALU ) to chromosome 18. Kollers S, Blott SC, Rocha D. Anim Genet. 2005 Apr;36(2):177-8.

Mapping of the porcine serine carboxypeptidase vitellogenic-like gene (CPVL) to chromosome 18. Robertson L, Williamson SL, Mégy K, Foster H, Blott SC, Griffin DK, Rocha D. Anim Genet. 2005 Apr;36(2):160-1.

A mapping and evolutionary study of porcine sex chromosome genes. Quilter CR, Blott SC, Mileham AJ, Affara NA, Sargent CA, Griffin DK. Mamm Genome. 2002 Oct;13(10):588-94.

Discriminating among cattle breeds using genetic markers. Blott SC, Williams JL, Haley CS. Heredity. 1999 Jun;82 ( Pt 6):613-9.

Genetic relationships among European cattle breeds. Blott SC, Williams JL, Haley CS. Anim Genet. 1998 Aug;29(4):273-82.

Genetic variation within the Hereford breed of cattle. Blott SC, Williams JL, Haley CS. Anim Genet. 1998 Jun;29(3):202-11.