Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics
Univeristy: Iowa State University
Section Awarded: National
Rohan L. Fernando, Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics
Sponsored by ABS Global, Inc.
Dr. Fernando received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, in 1984. He was on the faculty of the University of Illinois from 1984 to 1996 and joined Iowa State University in 1996. Fernando and colleagues were the first to demonstrate how BLUP could be used for marker-assisted selection. Their theory also provides the basis for the variance component method to map QTL and for combining linkage and linkage disequilibrium information for genomic selection. Dr. Fernando has contributed to both theory and practice for solving several complex genetic problems. Rohan was married to Terry Harrigan in 1989 and has four children.