2008 Outstanding Researcher: Jerry Taylor
Jerry Taylor, who joined the CAFNR faculty in the Division of Animal Sciences in 2002, has achieved a level of scientific success enjoyed by only the smallest percentage of the most outstanding scientists in a field, said Bill Lamberson, professor of animal sciences and department coordinator.
"Jerry has led the Division to a prominent position nationally in livestock genomics," Lamberson said. "He has assisted individuals obtaining funding, and the program in obtaining instrumentation that has enabled competitiveness in this field. He serves as a national leader in livestock genomics. Specifically, he led an effort to develop a bovine oligonucleotide microarray that will benefit livestock geneticists and other scientists across the country. He was also instrumental in developing a microarray that simultaneously reads the genetype of 54,000 potential variants in the bovine genome at low cost."
"DR. TAYLOR IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE CURRENT RESEARCHERS IN ANIMAL GENETICS OF LIVESTOCK SPECIES IN THE WORLD."
— PDaniel Pomp, professor, School of Health and School of Medicine,
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"Taylor’s efforts were recognized with an election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the Wurdack Chair of Livestock Genomics , special advisor to MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for Sigma Biotechnology, past director of Genomics of Research Triangle Institute, past director of GenomicsFX and has won the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Team Research and for Graduate Teaching at Texas A&M University.
Taylor has published more than 130 papers, presented more than 50 major invited talks, written four book chapters and applied for five patents. He has been an investigator on nearly $12 million in grant awards in his six years at MU.
Taylor earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (with honors) at the University of Adelaide, Australia. His Ph.D. was earned at the University of New England, Australia, in Quantitative Genetics.
After graduation he conducted his post-doctoral research work at Cornell University and was an assistant professor of biometrics and animal production at James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia.