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Dr. Miri Cohen-Zinder

Miri Cohen-Zinder

ARO, Newe Yaar Research Inst

Research Interests

  • Characterization and phenotyping of beef and mutton parameters associated with meat quality.

  • Improving meat quality characteristics in beef cattle breeds using dietary and technological manipulations.

  • Studying meat tenderness as a key trait for defining eating quality/palatability.

  • Studying the genetic basis of feed efficiency. 

I graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008 with a Ph.D. degree in the program of Animal Genetics and Breeding. While working on my Ph.D., I was seeking to improve milk production traits in the Israeli Holstein cattle breed, using approaches of genetic mapping and functional genomics.

Following graduation, the BARD-Vaadia program provided me with a 2-year fellowship for post-doctoral training at the Institute for Genomic Biology of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I joined the mammalian comparative and functional genomics laboratory of Professor Harris Lewin. During four years of post-doctoral training, my research was targeted to identify new genetic variants in the bovine genome, associated with milk yield and composition traits in various cattle breeds and populations.

Since October 2013, I have been serving as a researcher in the beef cattle section of the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), located at Newe Ya'ar, the Northern Research Center. For the past four years, I have been focusing on the optimization of animal production efficiency together with improving product quality (both meat and milk). As product quality can be affected by a multitude of internal and external factors, I have combined as much data as possible on these factors with objective measurements of meat quality, to standardize and develop ways to improve it.  My research applies technological, nutritional, genomic and molecular tools to study how to increase production efficiency and product quality.

Our laboratory is young and dynamic and we welcome students having a passion to science and a willingness to work hard.