Julie Long, Ph.D.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
From animal genomes to phenomes: What’s next for genomics
Learn how recent developments in genomics may impact the poultry industry, what the research priorities will be for genomics going forward and why these matter to the industry.
Julie Long is a poultry research physiologist in the Animal Biosciences and Biotechnology Laboratory at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Since joining the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service in 2001, Long has developed a multi-faceted research program dedicated to gamete cryopreservation, male reproductive function, and the relationship between genetics and reproductive success in poultry. Her research contributions include: discovery of novel carbohydrate and lipid additives for semen extenders that greatly improve the fertility of poultry sperm stored in vitro; development of semen cryopreservation protocols for two historic research turkey lines and a pedigreed turkey line that resulted in the production of live poults; multi-platform sequencing and assembly of the turkey genome; and development of the first high-fidelity SNP genotyping tool for the turkey. She also has conducted multiple hands-on technical workshops at poultry industry meetings. Long has been awarded over $1.2 million dollars in extramural funding for research projects, and has authored over 75 publications, including peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and trade articles. She currently serves as the Chair of the CAST Taskforce “Sustainable Agriculture: Protecting Food Animal Gene Pools for Future Generations.”