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Cobb Appoints Director of Biotechnology


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March 14, 2011 – Dr. Rachel Hawken has been appointed director of biotechnology for Cobb.

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March 14, 2011 – Dr. Rachel Hawken has been appointed director of biotechnology for Cobb.

For the past 10 years Rachel has been working for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, latterly as principal research scientist, leading a seven-year project exploring the genetics of bovine fertility to develop molecular tools for selecting superior breeding stock in beef cattle adapted to the country’s tropical and subtropical environments.

Dr. Hawken obtained an honours science degree at LaTrobe University, Victoria, Australia, and then a PhD in veterinary science at The University of Melbourne in 1997.

For the next four years she worked in research at the University of Minnesota (Department of Veterinary PathoBiology) where she was involved in gene mapping in pigs and identifying genes responsible for growth in commercial pig production systems.