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Steffen WeigendSteffen Weigend, PhD -- From 1983 to 1990, Steffen Weigend studied agriculture and animal breeding at the Department of Genetics of the University of Leipzig in Germany. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural science from the University of Halle (Germany) in 1994. In 1994 and 1995 he was a visiting scientist at the Dept. of Animal Science at Iowa State University, working with Dr. Susan J. Lamont.  Since 1992 he has been working as scientist at the Department of Breeding and Genetic Resources of the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics of Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, which is a research facility of the German Ministry of Agriculture. His area of research is molecular genetics and poultry genetic diversity.  Main field of interest is molecular markers for assessing genetic diversity using selective neutral genetic markers as microsatellites and, more recently, SNPs in both intergenic and genic genome regions. He has broad background in statistical analysis related to phylogenetic analyses of genetic diversity, and 20 years of experience in molecular analyses. He was the coordinator of a European chicken biodiversity project funded by the European Commission. He is member of the WPSA, the chairman of the Working Group 3 “Breeding and Genetics” of the European Federation of WPSA, member of the ISAG, member of FAO/ISAG advisory group on farm animal genetic diversity and the chairman of the National Consortium for Conservation of Animal Genetic Diversity in Germany. At the national level, he participated in several research projects (E.coli resistance funded in the FUGATO programme, Assessment of effective population size funded by German Research Foundation), and is currently involved in a network of competence SYNBREED (http://www.synbreed.tum.de/).