Miguel Pérez-Enciso

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Life & Medical Sciences

I am a Biologist and obtained my PhD in 1990 in Genetics (Universidad Complutense, Madrid). After that I moved to the USA and France during three years to carry out post doctoral studies, specializing in Bayesian Statistics applied to Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics. I worked at the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaria (IRTA) from 1993 - 1999 and at INRA (Toulouse, France) from 1999 til 2003, when I became an ICREA Research Professor. I am also part-time professor in Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, and I am currently based at Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) on UAB campus.

Research interests

Most of the genes that are of socioeconomic importance, e.g., genes affecting disease susceptibility or that makes Iberian pig meat taste good, are very difficult to find because they are influenced by many genes of small effect. My main area of research is to develop statistical and computational tools that help us to identify these genes, now using high throughput sequencing technology. A topic of particular interest is combining different sources of molecular information, including complete genome sequence, to predict genetic merit. I am also concerned with studying how man has shaped the pattern of genetic variation in livestock species, mainly in the pig, through domestication and artificial selection, and how pigs have adapted to extreme environments. I participated in the consortium leading to the publication of the pig genome sequence (Nature, 2012) and I am responsible for the first genome sequence of an ancient pig, a sow that lived in the 16th century in Montsoriu Castle (Girona) and of the first Iberian pig genome. 

Selected publications

- Perez-Enciso M, Forneris N, de los Campos G & Legarra A 2017, 'Evaluating Sequence-Based Genomic Prediction with an Efficient New Simulator', Genetics, 205, 2, 939 - 953.

- Perez-Enciso M 2017, 'Animal Breeding learning from machine learning', Journal Of Animal Breeding And Genetics, 134, 2, 85 - 86.

- Perez-Enciso M, de los Campos G, Hudson N, Kijas J & Reverter A 2017, 'The 'heritability' of domestication and its functional partitioning in the pig', Heredity, 118, 2, 160 - 168.

- Leno-Colorado J, Hudson NJ, Reverter A & Perez-Enciso M 2017, 'A Pathway-Centered Analysis of Pig Domestication and Breeding in Eurasia', G3-genes Genomes Genetics, 7, 7, 2171 - 2184.

- Forneris N S, Vitezica ZG, Legarra A & Perez-Enciso M 2017, 'Influence of epistasis on response to genomic selection using complete sequence data', Genetics Selection Evolution, 49, 66.

- Yang B, Cui L, Perez-Enciso M, Traspov A, Crooijmans RPMA, Zinovieva N, Schook LB, Archibald A, Gatphayak K, Knorr C, Triantafyllidis A, Alexandri P, Semiadi G, Hanotte O, Dias D, Dovc P, Uimari P, Iacolina L, Scandura M, Groenen MAM, Huang L & Megens H-J 2017, 'Genome-wide SNP data unveils the globalization of domesticated pigs', Genetics Selection Evolution, 49, 71.