PROF. BOUABID BADAOUI

PROF. BOUABID BADAOUI
VICE PRESIDENT (NORTHERN AFRICA)

Professor Bouabid Badaoui is a specialist in Animal Genetics and Genomics, with an academic career rooted in Engineering, Animal Genetics, and Functional Genetics obtained from IAV-Morocco, CIHEAM-Spain, and a joint program between UAB-Spain and AgroParisTech-France, respectively. His doctoral research was a part of the esteemed RIVAGE (Regulation and Variability of Animal Genome Expression) project supported by Marie Curie Actions.

Following his doctorate, Professor Badaoui sharpened his expertise as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Subsequently, he took on the role of a Senior Researcher in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at Parco Tecnologico Padano, Italy, for six enriching years. Since 2014, he has been imparting his knowledge at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

His research interests lie in the intersection of genetic diversity, phenotype-genotype interactions, and their implications for various facets of livestock production. This includes a spectrum from coat color and milk composition to demographic shifts, thermal stress resilience, and susceptibility to infections. Importantly, his research is underpinned by a strong commitment to environmental sustainability, focusing on how genomic science can contribute to more sustainable practices in livestock management.

With an innate interest for computational tools, Professor Badaoui is also actively engaged in developing Bioinformatics and Biostatistics tools. His work in Computational biology and Quantitative genetics forms a crucial part of his vision for a more environmentally sustainable future in livestock production.

He has been involved in coordinating and participating in national and international sustainability-focused projects. His is actually the North Africa Coordinator for the African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP). Currently, he is conducting a project that marries genomics and artificial intelligence to develop a genomic selection scheme for dairy cattle, horses and camels. This innovative work highlights his dedication to leveraging genomic research for environmental sustainability, aiding the development of more resilient, productive, and environmentally friendly livestock breeds.