Assist. Prof. Maja Ferenčaković, PhD

Assist. Prof. Maja Ferenčaković, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division for Animal Sciences
Department of Animal Science
Office location: 2nd pavilion, 2nd floor
Phone: +385 1 239 3799
Email: 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

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

Projects

scientific

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Potencijal mikroinkapsulacije u proizvodnji sireva Operativni program konkurentnost i kohezija 2014.-2020. 2019/12/20 - 2022/12/20 coordinator
Primjena NGS metoda u procjeni genomske varijabilnosti preživača Croatian science foundation 2018/01/12 - 2022/11/30 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
Strategije eliminacije genetskih defekata u selekcioniranim populacijama Other 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator

teaching

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Unapređenje stručne prakse na preddiplomskim i diplomskim studijima Agronomskog fakulteta Europski socijalni fond 2020/03/09 - 2023/03/09 coordinator

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

  • 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

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