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I am a full (tenured) professor & group leader in Quantitative Genomics, Bioinformatics and Computational (Systems) Biology (QBC) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) since 1 March 2017.  For almost 3 years (2020-2022), I was also the Chief Science & Technology Officer at Synomics Ltd across UK, USA & Denmark. I was the head of department (Institute Director) for Bio and Health Informatics (DTU Bioinformatics), Head of PhD School and Head of Section of Systems Genomics at DTU Bioinformatics (1 March 2017 to 1 June 2018). Prior to DTU, from 2010 until 2017, I was a full (tenured) professor and group leader of Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics and Systems Biology at the University of Copenhagen. I was also the Director of the Danish-Indian BioChild Consortium (Genomics and Systems biology of Childhood obesity), and the Danish-Brazilian GIFT Consortium (Genomics of IVF and ET in cattle).

Prior to Denmark, I lived and worked in five other countries.  As a principal scientist and leader of quantitative genetics and systems biology group at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia during 2006-2011. As a head of statistical animal genetics group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in Switzerland (2001-2006). I was a cattle geneticist at the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, UK (1998-2001) with a short time as a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 1999. My PhD degree is in Quantitative-Statistical Genetics from The University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) 1994-1998 with a part of my PhD research conducted at the Wageningen University in the Netherlands. My basic university educational qualifications are Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Masters' degree (MVSc) in Veterinary Genetics (India).

I primarily work in genomics, bioinformatics, multiomics, systems biology, predictive and personalized data analytics using big data integration and analyses applied to animal health and production, with strong industrial & commercial collaborations. I have a keen interest and experience in applying AI and machine learning methods in human health data from clinical trials and hospital records. 

I am a member of many international organizations and lead many international research projects. I am a member of review panels for research grant applications for European Commission (REA/H2020 programs), UK Research Councils (BBSRC), Research Council of Norway (RCN) and other international research agencies. I take part as scientific advisory board member for both public and private organizations. Most of my scientific reviews, consultancy and advice are conducted in my free time via my private consulting firm, AVA Genomics Consultancy IVS. 

I have supervised / co-supervised 30 PhD students and 12 postdocs. My scientific publications with peer-reviewed research and innovation as evidenced by ca. 400 scientific articles of which 136+ are peer-reviewed international journal articles, 2 Books, 10 book chapters. Released 18 biological datasets and 7 analyses software platforms – articles seen in Web of Science, Orcid. Google Scholar, Research gate. Google Scholar: H-index of 36.

I have given over 200 talks (ca. 95 invited) in 22 countries over 30+ years of my academic, government and private sector career.

Other information

Research Grants: Total competitive lifetime grants of ~ € 22.0 Million or US$ 25.0 Million
•    ca. 50 large multi-year research and innovation projects from academic-industry partnerships over 30 years as lead / principal investigator at universities and government organizations and over 30+ commercial projects in Synomics Ltd as CSO/CTO.
•    See some of my recently funded projects at the Technical University of Denmark here: https://orbit.dtu.dk/en/persons/haja-kadarmideen/projects/ 
•    External funding by government ministries, research / science foundations, private industries, national strategic research councils, European Union FP 7 programmes & Development Agencies

Selected managerial, leadership and scientific advisory roles (current & past)

- Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Synomics Ltd in Oxford (UK), Madison-Wisconsin (USA) and Copenhagen (Denmark) for ca. 3 years (2020 - 2022)

- Institute Director and Head of PhD School at Institute of Bio and Health informatics, DTU Denmark for approx. 1.5 years

- Head of group and section of Quantitative Genetics & Systems genomics/biology at University of Copenhagen and DTU, Denmark

- Board member of the Institute council of Clinical Veterinary and Animal Sciences at the University of Copenhagen fo 3 years 

- Director of The BioChild Consortium related to Obesity

- Director of The GIFT Consortium related to Genomics of Invitro Embryo Production

- Deputy director of Institute of Animal Sciences at ETH Zurich Switzerland for 2 years

- Board member of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (5.5 years)

- Executive board member for research stations of faculty of Agriculture and Food sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (5.5 years)

- Board member of Strategic Committee of School of Environment and Natural Resources in ETH Zurich, Switzerland (4 years)

- Coordinator of ‘Computational and Quantitative Biology’ research projects in ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2 years)

- Board  member of the “Transformational Biology initiative” CSIRO Australia (4 years)

- Equal Employment Opportunity Officer of CSIRO and Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)

- Main or co-principal investigator of 40 + externally funded research projects until to-date

- Member/scientific reviewer of more than 25 international journals and Associate Editor/Board member

- Reviewer of EU, American, Australian and Danish research grant applications for various funding bodies


International Experience:

Broad international background (both work culture as well as societal) - Employed in various State and Federal Government organizations as well as Universities in seven different countries (Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Canada, Holland and India) with collaboration networks still intact. As a part of the public research funding in the countries I worked, I have run international projects through strategic partnerships with Brazil, USA, Central / East Africa, India and Singapore. This has also provided me with a strong multi-cultural work experience as well.

Language Skills:




Research areas

- Quantitative-, Statistical-, Computational- and Population-genetic data analyses in animal and human populations

- Biostatistics, experimental designs, (Big) biological data modeling and analyses

-Data Science using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (AI-ML) methods applied to BIG data integration, modeling, and analyses in animals, crops, pets, fish, and animal models for human disease and directly in human

- Research expertise in Big Data, MultiOmics (genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics), Functional Genomics and Systems Biology (using NGS / HT assays) in animals, crops, fish, animal models for human diseases and directly in human diseases and disorders. 

- Gene, variant, pathway and biomarker discovery by integrative ‘omic analyses including Genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics & metabolomics underlying complex human and animal traits or diseases

- Personalized and predictive medicine in human diseases with a focus on obesity, nutritional, metabolic, immune and psychiatric diseases

- Genetics/genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology of animal production, reproduction, health and welfare

- Biological and health databases, high performance scientific computing, cloud computing, omics software and tool / platform developments

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Postdoc, Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Doctorate in Quantitative Genetics (PhD), University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Master of Veterinary Genetics (MVSc), TANUVAS, Chennai, India


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine & Science (DVM), TANUVAS, Chennai, India


External positions

Chief Technology Officer & Director of Operations, Synomics Ltd


Director of Institute of Bio and Health Informatics, DTU Bioinformatics


Head of PhD school of Bio and Health Informatics, DTU Bioinformatics


Professor & Head of Section, DTU Bioinformatics


Professor, Research director & Group leader, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Adjunct Associate Professor, University of New England, Australia


Principal Scientist & Team Leader, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia


Deputy Director of Institute of Animal Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland


Head of Statistical Genetics,Assistant Professor (tenure-track) , Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland


Geneticist, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) Edinburgh


Visiting PhD researcher, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands


Graduate Research Assistant, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada


Veterinary Surgeon and Head, Government of Tamil Nadu, India



  • User defined:
  • Quantitative genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Systems genomics
  • Multi omics Big Data
  • Statistical Genetics
  • Computational biology
  • Machine learning/AI
  • Animal Genomics
  • Biostatistics
  • Animal health
  • Integrative systems biology
  • Technology foresight, Research and innovation strategies for industrial sectors, Stakeholder inclusion.


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