University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Prof. Ino Čurik, PhD

Office location: 2nd Pavilion, 2nd floor, room no. 2
phone: +385 1 239 4010
e-mail: icurik ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: Croatian, English
Consultations: Wednesday and Thursday from 12am to 1pm

Academic qualifications

  • 1995 - 2000: PhD of biotechnology - animal science
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Title of the dissertation: Inbreeding in empirical and theoretical populations
  • 1991 - 1995: Master of biology - biomathematics
    Faculty for Natural Sciences, University of Zagreb
    Title of the master thesis: Numerical analysis of genetic structure of Croatian Simmental cattle from the aspect of milk protein polymorphism
  • 1986 - 1991: Graduated engineer of agronomy - animal science
    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    Title of the diploma thesis: Morphometric characteristics of Carnica bee (Apis mellifera P.)

Employment and work experience

  • 1991 - : Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    2016 - today: Full professor with tenure
    2010 - 2016: Full professor
    2006 - 2010: Associate professor
    2002 - 2006: Assistant professor
    2000 - 2002: Senior assistant
    1995 - 2000: Assistant
    1991 -1995: Junior researcher

Teaching

Research interests

  • Estimation of inbreeding and inbreeding depression
  • Estimation and utilisation of non-additive genetic effecs
  • Estimation of genetic biodiversity from pedigree and molecular markers in domestic and wild animals
  • Strategies for elimination of detrimental genes from small and selected populations
  • Genetic analysis of complex health traits in out-bred populations

Training and research experience

  • 01. 02. 2004. - 02. 05. 2004.: BOKU, Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    Cooperation with prof. Johann Sölkner
  • 01. 02. 2000. - 03. 07. 2000.: BOKU, Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    Cooperation with prof. Johann Sölkner
  • 05. 09. 1999. - 10. 12. 1999.: BOKU, Vienna, Austria (scientific)
    Cooperation with prof. Johann Sölkner

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
Napredni deterministički i hibridni algoritmi na nizovima, sljedovima i stablima s primjenama u tehničkim znanostima i znanostima o životu Croatian science foundation in progress
Primjena NGS metoda u procjeni genomske varijabilnosti preživača Croatian science foundation in progress
Upotreba cijelog genoma mitohondrijske DNA u oplemenjivanju i konzervacijskoj genetici goveda Croatian science foundation in progress
Uspostava laboratorija za arheogenetiku Agronomskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu EU programi in progress
Smart Integration of Genetics with Sciences of the Past in Croatia: Minding and Mending the Gap Horizon 2020 in progress
Prostorne informacije u istraživanju domaćih životinja Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
Genetics, Genomics and Evoluiton of prolific breeds of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) MZO in progress
Advances in Farm Animal Genomic Resources (GENOMIC RESOURCES) Croatian science foundation finished
Arheogenetika goveda u Hrvatskoj; ekstrakcija i priprema aDNA do sekvenciranja Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Identifikacija signala selekcije u genomu domaćih životinja pomoću visoko rezolutne genomske informacije Sveučilište u Zagrebu finished
Estimation of effective population size and inbreeding from high-throughput genomic information MZO finished
Genetski i okolišni utjecaji na muznost i morfologiju vimena ovaca MZOS finished
Runs of homozygosity: detecting selection signatures in livestock populations MZO finished
Strategije eliminacije genetskih defekata u selekcioniranim populacijama Other finished
Utilisation of high throughput genomic information in conservation genetics related to cattle populations MZO finished

Publications

  • Čurik, I., Ferenčaković, M. & Sölkner, J. (2017) Genomic dissection of inbreeding depression: a gate to new opportunities. Revista brasileira de zootecnia-brazilian journal of animal science, 46 (9), 773-782.
  • Ferenčaković, M., Sölkner, J., Kapš, M. & Curik, I. (2017) Genome-wide mapping and estimation of inbreeding depression of semen quality traits in a cattle population. Journal of dairy science, 100 (6), 4721-4730. doi:https://.org/10.3168/jds.2016-12164
  • Baumung, R., Farkas, J., Boichard, D., Meszaros, G., Solkner, J. & Curik, I. (2015) GRAIN: a computer program to calculate ancestral and partial inbreeding coefficients using a gene dropping approach. Journal of animal breeding and genetics, 132 (2), 100-108. doi:10.1111/jbg.12145.
  • Curik, I., Ferenčaković, M. & Sölkner, J. (2014) Inbreeding and runs of homozygosity: A possible solution to an old problem. Livestock science, 166, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.livsci.2014.05.034.
  • Čurik, I., Druml, T., Seltenhammer, M., Sundström, E., Pielberg, G., Andersson, L. & Sölkner, J. (2013) Complex Inheritance of Melanoma and Pigmentation of Coat and Skin in Grey Horses. Plos genetics, 9 (2), e1003248-e1003248. doi::10.1371/journal.pgen.1003248.
  • Pielberg, G., Golovko, A., Sundström, E., Čurik, I., Lennartsson, J., Seltenhammer, M., Druml, T., Binns, M., Fitzsimmons, C., Lindgren, G., Sandberg, K., Baumung, R., Vetterlein, M., , Strömberg, S., Grabherr, M., Wade, C., Lindblad-Toh, K., Pontén, F., Heldin, C., Sölkner, J. & Andersson, L. (2008) A cis-acting regulatory mutation causes premature hair graying and susceptibility to melanoma in the horse. Nature Genetics, 40 (8), 1004-1009. doi:10.1038/ng.185.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/201152?w_mentor=1

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.hr/citations?user=8hwwT-4AAAAJ&hl=hr&oi=ao

Other professional activities

  • 2016: Frontiers in Genetics/Associate Editor
  • 2012: Animal Genetic Resources (FAO)/member of the Editorial board
  • 2010: Livestock scinece/member of the Editorial board
  • 2002: Croatian Biometric Society/member
  • 2002: Croatian Genetic Society/member