Prof. Ino Čurik, PhD

Full Professor
Division for Animal Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Office location: 2nd Pavilion, 2nd floor, room no. 2
Phone: +385 1 239 4010
Email: 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

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

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Primjena NGS metoda u procjeni genomske varijabilnosti preživača Croatian science foundation 2018/01/12 - 2022/11/30 coordinator
Napredni deterministički i hibridni algoritmi na nizovima, sljedovima i stablima s primjenama u tehničkim znanostima i znanostima o životu Croatian science foundation 2018/10/01 - 2022/09/30 partner
Uspostava laboratorija za arheogenetiku Agronomskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Zagrebu EU programi 2018/11/01 - 2020/11/01 coordinator
Smart Integration of Genetics with Sciences of the Past in Croatia: Minding and Mending the Gap Horizon 2020 2016/02/01 - 2019/01/31 coordinator
Upotreba cijelog genoma mitohondrijske DNA u oplemenjivanju i konzervacijskoj genetici goveda Croatian science foundation 2014/07/01 - 2018/06/30 coordinator
Runs of homozygosity: detecting selection signatures in livestock populations MZO 2016/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Genetics, Genomics and Evoluiton of prolific breeds of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) MZO 2015/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Advances in Farm Animal Genomic Resources (GENOMIC RESOURCES) Croatian science foundation 2010/01/01 - 2014/01/01 coordinator
Estimation of effective population size and inbreeding from high-throughput genomic information MZO 2012/01/01 - 2013/12/31 partner
Genetski i okolišni utjecaji na muznost i morfologiju vimena ovaca MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Strategije eliminacije genetskih defekata u selekcioniranim populacijama Other 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator
Utilisation of high throughput genomic information in conservation genetics related to cattle populations MZO 2012/01/01 - 2013/01/31 partner

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Prostorne informacije u istraživanju domaćih životinja Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Arheogenetika goveda u Hrvatskoj; ekstrakcija i priprema aDNA do sekvenciranja Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Identifikacija signala selekcije u genomu domaćih životinja pomoću visoko rezolutne genomske informacije Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2015/12/31 coordinator

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

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