Our goal is to characterize the biological basis of variation in quantitative traits as it relates to poultry breeding and genetics programs.  Our research is currently focused on modern broiler chickens.  We study the genetic basis of differences in traits of agricultural importance, including emerging muscle disorders in broiler chickens. Using diverse multidisciplinary approaches including genetics, genomics, metabolomics, histology and computational biology techniques, we aim to track the flow of biological information from DNA to RNA and its translation to protein and eventually its impact on metabolism at cellular and molecular levels.