University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture

Assist. Prof. Maja Ferenčaković, PhD

Assist. Prof. Maja Ferenčaković, PhD

Office location: 2nd pavilion, 2nd floor
phone: +385 1 239 3799
e-mail: mferencakovic ( at ) agr.hr
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: monday, 9am to 13pm

Academic qualifications

  • 2010 - 2015: PhD
    PhD of Agricultural Sciences
    PhD thesis title: "Molecular dissection of inbreeding depression for semen quality traits in cattle“
  • 2001 - 2009: M.Sc
    Master of Fisheries and Game Management
    Master Thesis title: "Polymorphism of DGAT1 gene in Croatian autochthonous sheep breeds"

Employment and work experience

  • 2009 - : Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb
    2016 - today: Assistant Professor
    2015 - 2016: Postdoc
    2014 - 2015: Teaching Assistant
    2009 - 2014: Young researcher "Strategies for elimination of genetic defects in selected populations", Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of Republic of Croatia (#178-1780460-0546), Prof. dr. sc. Ino Čurik

Teaching

Research interests

  • Methods for estimating inbreeding and inbreeding depression
  • Conservation of genetic resources
  • Characterization of populations using pedigree and molecular techniques
  • Estimation of genetic diversity

Training and research experience

  • 30. 10. 2016. - 06. 11. 2016.: The Roslin Institute (scientific)
    “Short Course in Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics“ Dr. Bruce Walsh, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
  • 26. 07. 2015. - 02. 08. 2015.: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (scientific)
    Workshop “Next Generation sequencing“
  • 24. 11. 2013. - 08. 12. 2013.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Testing statistical models for maping inbreeding depression. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD
  • 24. 03. 2013. - 07. 04. 2013.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Development of statistical models for maping inbreeding depression. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD.
  • 25. 11. 2012. - 09. 12. 2012.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Estimation of inbreeding from SNP chip. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD.
  • 01. 10. 2012. - 07. 10. 2012.: Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb and Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Summer school: “Livestock Conservation Genomics: Data, Tools and Trends“, Pag, Croatia
  • 20. 03. 2012. - 17. 05. 2012.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Genomic data from high resolution SNP chip. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD. – ESF grant 3733
  • 01. 04. 2011. - 01. 07. 2011.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Estimation of autozygosity using ROH approach in cattle. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD.
  • 01. 10. 2010. - 31. 03. 2011.: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (scientific)
    Analysis of genomic data, handling big data bases, use and adjustement of ROH in cattle. Univ.Prof. Johann Sölkner, PhD. – Ernst Mach grant
  • 24. 05. 2010. - 28. 05. 2010.: SRCE, University of Zagreb (mixed)
    SAS, ANOVA models: Applied statistics III (S430)
  • 29. 03. 2010. - 02. 04. 2010.: SRCE, University of Zagreb (mixed)
    SAS, correlation and regression analysis : Applied statistics II (S420)
  • 15. 02. 2010. - 19. 02. 2010.: SRCE, University of Zagreb (mixed)
    SAS, basic statistics: Applied statistics I (S410)
  • 20. 07. 2009. - 23. 10. 2009.: SERIDA, Gijon, Spain (scientific)
    Training in methods of MTDNA and Y chromosome analysis.
  • 07. 04. 2008. - 11. 04. 2008.: Institute Ruđer Bošković, Zagreb (scientific)
    Methodological courses in biology and medicine: DNA and RNA

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Status
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
Prostorne informacije u istraživanju domaćih životinja Sveučilište u Zagrebu in progress
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
Strategije eliminacije genetskih defekata u selekcioniranim populacijama Other finished

Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ferenčaković, M., Soelkner Johann & Čurik Ino (2013) Estimating autozygosity from high-throughput information: effects of SNP density and genotyping errors. Genetics selection evolution, 45, 42-1. doi:10.1186/1297-9686-45-42.
  • Ferenčaković, M., Hamzić, E., Gredler, B., Solberg, T., Klemetsdal, G., Čurik, I. & Sölkner, J. (2013) Estimates of autozygosity derived from runs of homozygosity: empirical evidence from selected cattle populations. Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 130 (4), 286-293. doi:10.1111/jbg.12012.
  • erenčaković, M., Čurik, I., Perez-Pardal, L., Royo, L., Čubrić Čurik, V., Fernandez, I., Alvarez, I., Kostelić, A., Šprem, N., Krapinec, K. & Goyache, F. (2013) Mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome diversity in East Adriatic sheep. Animal genetics, 44 (2), 184-192. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2052.2012.02393.x.

Bibliography (CROSBI): https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/320876?w_mentor=1

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.hr/citations?user=kH0OITIAAAAJ&hl=hr

Other professional activities

  • 2018: Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb
    Head of the MSc study Animal Genetics and Breeding