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Hy-Line International Donates Geneticist’s Time to Iowa State

03 May 2013
Hy-Line International

US - Hy-Line International, a world leader in poultry genetics based in Dallas Center, Iowa, will share one of its scientists with Iowa State University.

Hy-Line hired Dr Anna Wolc as a full-time genomics geneticist last year. Under a first-of-its-kind agreement with the university, the company will donate 30 per cent of her time to conduct research in animal science at Iowa State.

Dr Wolc previously had worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Iowa State under Dr Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science. She earned a doctorate at the Poznan University of Life Sciences in Poland.

“Hy-Line International’s research program will greatly benefit from this close public-private partnership to investigate and quickly implement innovations in genetics and breeding,” said Dr Neil O’Sullivan, Hy-Line International’s director of research and development. “Rapid adoption of new technology drives progress in our company as well as economic progress in our state and industry as improvements in genetic science are more quickly integrated into our products and delivered to the market.”

“The partnership with Hy-Line International is a bold approach to work collaboratively toward a common goal of providing new insights into poultry genomics,” said Dr Maynard Hogberg, chair of the ISU Department of Animal Science. “We look forward to having a scientist of Dr Wolc’s caliber working together with us. Her 30 per cent time with us will be spent teaching graduate students and working with faculty on research of broad interest and benefit to breeding and genetics.”

Jonathan Cade, president of Hy-Line International, added, “This agreement reinforces and advances the company’s long-standing relationship with Iowa State, and puts continued studies of genomics data at the heart of our development agenda.”


Pictured back row from left: Dr Maynard Hogberg, Professor and Chair of Animal Science at Iowa State University; Dr Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University; and Dr Jack Dekkers, Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University.
Pictured front row from left: Jonathan Cade, President of Hy-Line International; Dr Anna Wolc, Genomics Geneticist at Hy-Line International; and Dr Neil O'Sullivan, Director of Research and Development at Hy-Line International.

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