Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Sustainable Food Systems, Antimicrobial Resistance, Host-Pathogen Interactions and Vaccinology, IRLFS (Research Programme), CPCS (Research Programme)

Research Centres: RVC Quantitative Biology Resource

Androniki is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Genetics at RVC and an Honorary Scientific Associate at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. She is a vet and quantitative geneticist interested in the dissection of the genetic architecture and the study of the underlying molecular mechanism of resistance to important animal diseases and zoonoses. For more information see:

Androniki is a complex disease geneticist with extensive experience in breeding programmes, quantitative trait analysis, QTL mapping, GWAS, functional genomics, molecular biology and systems biology approaches. After receiving her veterinary degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, she pursued her PhD in quantitative and molecular genetics of scrapie in sheep, funded by the European Commission (FP5 programme), which she completed in 2010. She continued her scientific training as a Postdoctoral Fellow, initially in Greece and then at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh. During her post-doctoral years, she was involved in several successful BBSRC, European Commission and industry funded research projects, aiming to control disease in different species. The outcomes of her work led to new follow-up funding. She joined the faculty at RVC in 2017, while she continued collaborating with the Roslin Institute. In 2021 she was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Currently, she is leading multiple research projects aiming to develop novel control strategies to improve animal and human health and welfare. For more info see:

Since 2005, Androniki has been involved in multiple research projects aiming to dissect the genomic architecture of important animal diseases and zoonoses -  in poultry and ruminants and companion animals, enabling the identification of novel disease control strategies to enhance animal and human health and welfare. She integrates her veterinary training with immunology, quantitative and molecular genetics and computational and systems biology approaches in scientific research. She is interested in the discovery of novel biomarkers, the development of breeding and diagnostic tools, the identification of drug discovery targets and the use of companion animals as models of human disease.

Androniki's research group implements and merge classical quantitative genetics with different omics approaches (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, metagenomics) and wet-lab approaches to gain better insights in the underlying mechanisms of disease susceptibility. 

Androniki is working across different diseases and species. Specifically, she has  projects investigating the genetics of zoonoses (campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis, colibacillosis, Avian Influenza), important infectious diseases in poultry (coccidiosis, fowl typhoid, fowl cholera, Marek’s disease, IBDV), gut health, mastitis and gastrointestinal parasitism in sheep, lameness and telomere dynamics in relation to health and longevity in cattle, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats, lymphoma in dogs, recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis and recurrent laryngeal neuropathy in horses. Furthermore, the group is also working on microRNA discovery and microbiome studies investigating their role in health and productivity.

Current projects include:

  1. “Aetiopathogenesis and genetic architecture of recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER) in UK Thoroughbred horses”. Horserace Betting Levy Board (2022-2025); Principal Investigator; £267,000 plus £500,000 industrial contribution
  2. “Ovine Respiratory Disease: A Pathway to Prevention” BBSRC Endemic Livestock Disease Priming Partnerships grant application. (2022-2023) Co-Investigator; £249,930 
  3. “Breeders to broilers: optimising chicken health and performance to reduce susceptibility to zoonotic bacteria, viruses, and parasite colonisation” BBSRC iCASE studentship-Moy-Park (2022-2026); Co-Investigator; £205,000
  4. “Integrating genetics with functional genomics to dissect the genetics of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis” iCASE studentship- Holos Scientific (2022-2025); £310,000 
  5. “A multidisciplinary approach to investigating canine diffuse B-cell lymphoma.” BBSRC iCASE studentship with IDEXX (2022-2026); Co-investigator; £135,000
  6. “Using ATAC-Seq to shed light in the genetic architecture of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis” Petplan Charitable Trust (2022-2023); Principal Investigator; £15,000
  7. “Unravelling the genetic mechanisms underlying fracture risk in horses” Honk-Kong Jockey Club Equine Welfare Research Foundation (2022-2024); Co-investigator; £164,851
  8. “Defining a transcriptomic signature for equine recurrent laryngeal neuropathy” Honk-Kong Jockey Club Equine Welfare Research Foundation (2022-2024); Co-investigator; £169,393
  9. “Characterisation of Campylobacter infection and gut microbiome composition in    chicken under the influences of Eimeria co-infection and/or heat stress.” UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub (OHPH) Pump Priming Award (2022); Co-Investigator; £19,755
  10. “Capacity building in scientific techniques: identification of selection targets in chickens raised in African village conditions” Global Impact Accelerator Award funded by the Scottish Funding Council GCRF Strategy (2021); Co-investigator; £38,961
  11. UKRI COVID-19 Extension Allocation funding for the grant entitled “Aetiopathogenesis and genomic architecture of resistance to claw horn disruption lesions in dairy cattle”;(2020-2021) Principal Investigator; £22,862
  12. “Implementing genome-wide association studies to assess the impact of host genetic variation on enteric microbiome structure and diversity in chickens” One Health Poultry Hub Researcher Mobility Award Application (2021); Host Researcher; £9,600
  13. “Dissecting Campylobacter-Eimeria co-infections to understand pathogen dynamics and develop a model for future poultry studies” Small Project Research Grant awarded by the Houghton Trust (2020-2022); Principal Investigator; £10,471
  14. “Understanding the contribution of host genetics, intestinal structure and microbiome diversity to gut health in broiler chickens”. LIDo iCASE PhD Studentship with Cobb Europe Ltd. (2021- 2025); Co-investigator; £162,000
  15. “Genetic control of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats: genomic and transcriptomic characterisation” Petplan Charitable Trust (2022-2025); Principal Investigator; £147,389
  16. “COVID-19: Lessons in pathophysiology and genetic susceptibility from fatal coronavirus infections in companion animal” UKRI funding for COVID-19 (2020-2022); Co-investigator; £242,000
  17. “One Health Poultry Hub”; Interdisciplinary Research Hub funded by BBSRC (2019-2024); Co-investigator; £20,489,488 
  18. “Omics based characterisation of host genetics and gut microbiome composition in relation to pathogen abundance in chickens" (2019-2022); main supervisor; £75,000
  19. “Identification of biomarkers associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats”; BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship with Zoetis (2019-2023); main supervisor; £157,000
  20. “Mapping genetic susceptibility to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in cats and assessing their utility as a disease study model” BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium (LIDo) studentship (2018-2022); main supervisor; £82,511 
  21. “Dissecting the genetic architecture of hypertrophy cardiomyopathy in cats” Petplan Charitable Trust (2018); Principal Investigator; £10,000
  22. “Dissecting the genetic architecture of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis”, Internal RVC PhD studentship (2018-2021); main supervisor; £130,218
  23. “Identification of genomic markers associated with susceptibility to equine exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER)”, MRes RVC project (2018-2020); main supervisor; £53,380
  24. ‘Aetiopathogenesis and genomic architecture of resistance to claw horn disruption lesions in dairy cattle’; funded by BBSRC (BBSRC response mode, Joint application of RVC with SRUC and University of Liverpool) (2018-2023); RVC Principal Investigator; £360,994; total amount awarded £1,042,298
  25. ''SMARTER, SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience''; funded by EU Horizon 2020 (2018-2022); Co-Investigator; £490,000; total amount awarded ca £6,000,000
  26. ''Identification of selection targets and development of analytical tools to optimise breeding programmes in African chicken populations'' funded by Department for International Development and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2017-2022); Co-Investigator; £800,000
  27. “The role of interleukin-10 (IL-10) in the regulation of innate immunity in the domestic chicken“, funded by BBSRC (BBSRC Industrial partnering award, Joint application of RVC with Roslin Institute and Cobb-Vantress) (2017-2022); Co-Investigator; £588,280, total amount awarded ca £1,000,000 
  28. “A systems-wide approach to the control of Campylobacter in the food chain: exploiting genetic variation” funded by the Scottish government (2016-2019); Co-Investigator; £500,000

For more details see:

  1. Barden Matthew, Li Bingjie, Griffiths Bethany, Anagnostopoulos Alkiviadis, Bedford Cherrill, Psifidi Androniki, Banos Georgios, Oikonomou Georgios  (2022) “Genetic parameters and genome-wide association study of digital cushion thickness in Holstein cows”. Accepted in Journal of Dairy Science.
  2. Barden M, Anagnostopoulos A, Griffiths BE, Bedford C, Winters M, Li B, Coffey M, Psifidi A, Banos G, Oikonomou G. “Association between a genetic index for lameness resistance and the incidence of claw horn lesions in Holstein cows.” Vet Rec. 2022 Apr 25:e1632. doi: 10.1002/vetr.1632. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35468242.
  3. Christopher Watson, Matthew Barden, Bethany E. Griffiths, Alkiviadis Anagnostopoulos, Helen M. Higgins, Cherrill Bedford, Stuart Carter, Androniki Psifidi, Georgios Banos, Georgios Oikonomou (2022) “Prospective cohort study of the association between early lactation mastitis and the presence of sole ulcers in dairy cows”. VetRecord Volume190, Issue1021/28
  4. Jibin Zhang, Ronald M. Goto, Androniki Psifidi, Mark P. Stevens, Robert l. Taylor jr., Marcia M. Miller (2022) Research Note: MHCY haplotype impacts Campylobacter jejuni colonization in a backcross [(Line 61 x Line N) x Line N] population. Poultry Science, Volume 101, Issue 3, 2022, 101654, ISSN 0032-5791, 
  5. Benjamin L Makepeace*, Androniki Psifidi*, Diego Robledo*, Dong Xia* (*all authors equally contributed). (2021) Editorial article: “Genetics Architecture and Underlying Molecular Mechanisms in Host- Pathogen Interactions”. Front. Genet. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2021.695109. 
  6. KM. Russell, J. Smith, A. Bremner, C. Chintoan-Uta, L. Vervelde, A. Psifidi & M. P. Stevens. “Transcriptomic analysis of caecal tissue in inbred chicken lines that exhibit heritable differences in resistance to Campylobacter jejuni”. BMC Genomics. 2021; 22: 411. doi: 10.1186/s12864-021-07748-2 
  7. Anagnostopoulos, M. Barden., J. Tulloch, K. Williams, B. Griffiths, C. Bedford, M. Rudd, A. Psifidi, G. Banos, G. Oikonomou. “A study on the use of thermal imaging as a diagnostic tool for the detection of digital dermatitis in dairy cattle”. J Dairy Sci 2021 Jun 4;S0022-0302(21)00650-0. doi: 10.3168/jds.2021-20178
  8. LA. Seeker, SL. Underwood, RV. Wilbourn, J. Dorrens, R. Holland, JJ. Ilska, A. Psifidi, A. Bagnall, B. Whitelaw, MP. Coffey, G. Banos and DH. Nussey. (2021) “Telomere attrition rates are associated with weather conditions and predict productive lifespan in dairy cattle” Scientific Reports 11, 5589 (2021).
  9. A. Psifidi, A. Kranis, L.M. Rothwell, A. Bremner, K. Russell, D. Robledo, SJ. Bush, M. Fife, PM. Hocking, G. Banos, D.A. Hume, J. Kaufman, R.A. Bailey, S. Avendano, K.A. Watson, P. Kaiser, M.P. Stevens (2021) “Quantitative trait loci and transcriptome signatures associated with avian heritable resistance to Campylobacter” Scientific Reports 11, 1623 (2021).
  10. AL. Denyer, B. Catchpole; LJ. Davison, The Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership* (2021) “Genetics of canine diabetes mellitus part 1: Phenotypes of disease” The Veterinary Journal DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2021.105611 *I am a member of The Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership
  11. AL. Denyer, B. Catchpole; LJ. Davison, The Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership* (2021) “Genetics of canine diabetes mellitus part 2: Current understanding and future directions” The Veterinary Journal 270(3):105612 DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2021.105612 *I am a member of The Canine Diabetes Genetics Partnership
  12. G. Banos, V. Lindsay, T.T Desta., J. Bettridge., E. Sánchez-Molano.,  AV. Trujillo, O. Matika, D. Tadelle, P. Wigley, R. Christley,  P. Kaiser, O. Hanotte, A. Psifidi. (2020) “Integrating genetic and genomic analyses of combined health data across ecotypes to 2 improve disease resistance in indigenous African chickens” Frontiers in Genetics DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2020.543890
  13. C. Chintoan-Uta, T. Wisedchanwet, L. Glendinning, A. Bremner, A. Psifidi, L. Vervelde, K. Watson, M. Watson,  MP. Stevens. (2020) “Role of caecal microbiota in the differential resistance of inbred chicken lines to colonization by Campylobacter jejuni”. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 10.1128/AEM.02607-19
  14. L. Freem, KM. Summers , A. Gheyas, A. Psifidi, K. Boulton, A. McCallum, J. O'Dell, SJ. Bush and D. Hume. (2019) “Analysis of the progeny of sibling matings reveals regulatory variation impacting the transcriptome of immune cells in commercial chickens”, Frontiers in Genetics DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2019.01032.
  15. JJ. Ilska-Warner*, A. Psifidi*, LA. Seeker, RV. Wilbourn, SL. Underwood, J. Fairlie, B. Whitelaw, DH. Nussey, MP. Coffey, G. Banos (2019) “The genetic architecture of bovine telomere length in early-life and association with animal fitness” Frontiers in Genetics *equally contributing first authors 
  16. G. Banos, EL. Clark, SJ. Bush, P. Dutta, G. Bramis, G. Arsenos, DA. Hume and A. Psifidi (2019) “Genetic and genomic analyses underpin the feasibility of concomitant genetic improvement of milk yield and mastitis resistance in dairy sheep”. PLoS One; 14(11): e0214346. 10.1371/journal.pone.0214346
  17. AT. Hinsu, RJ. Pandit, SH. Patel, A. Psifidi, FM. Tomley, SK. Das, DP. Blake, CG. Joshi. (2019). Genome reconstruction of a novel carbohydrate digesting bacterium from the chicken caecal microflora. Meta Gene 20 (2019)100543
  18. K. Boulton, MJ. Nolan, Z. Wu, V. Riggio, O. Matika, K. Harman, PM. Hocking, N. Bumstead, P. Hesketh, A. Archer, SC. Bishop, P. Kaiser, FM. Tomley, DA. Hume, AL. Smith, DP. Blake, A. Psifidi. 2018. “Dissecting the Genomic Architecture of Resistance to Eimeria maxima Parasitism in the Chicken”. Frontiers in Genetics;9:528. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00528. eCollection 2018
  19. K. Boulton, MJ. Nolan, Z. Wu, A. Psifidi, V. Riggio, K. Harman, SC. Bishop, P. Kaiser, MS. Abrahamsen, R. Hawken, KA. Watson, FM. Tomley, DP. Blake, D. Hume. 2018. “Phenotypic and genetic variation in the response of chickens to Eimeria tenella induced coccidiosis”. Genet Sel Evol. 2018;50(1):63. doi: 10.1186/s12711-018-0433-7.
  20. A. Psifidi, K.M. Russell, O. Matika, E. Sánchez-Molano, P. Wigley, J.E. Fulton, M.P. Stevens, M. Fife. 2018. “The genomic architecture of fowl typhoid resistance in commercial layers”.  Frontiers in Genetics |
  21. J.M Bettridge, A. Psifidi, Z.G. Zerfa, T.T Desta, M. Lozano-Jaramillo, T. Dessie, P. Kaiser, P. Wigley, O. Hanotte, R.M. Christley. 2018 “The role of local adaptation in sustainable production of village chickens” Nature Sustainability-1(10): 574–582. 2018 doi: 10.1038/s41893-018-0150-9
  22. R. Pandit, A.T. Hinsu, N.V. Patel, P.G. Koringa, S.J. Jakhesara; J.R. Thakkar; T.M. Shah, G. Limon, A. Psifidi, J. Guitian, D.A. Hume, F.M. Tomley, D.N. Rank, M. Raman, Tirumurugaan K G, D.P. Blake, C.G. Joshi. 2018. “Microbial diversity and community composition of caecal microbiota in commercial and indigenous Indian chickens determined using 16s rDNA amplicon sequencing” Microbiome20186:115
  23. AT. Hinsu, JR. Thakkar, PG. Koringa, V. Vrba, SJ Jakhesara, A. Psifidi, J. Guitian, FM. Tomley, DN. Rank, M. Raman, CG. Joshi, DP. Blake. 2018. “Illumina next generation sequencing for the analysis of Eimeria populations in commercial broilers and indigenous chickens”. Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5:176. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2018.00176. eCollection 2018. PMID: 30105228.
  24. RA. Bailey, A. Kranis, A. Psifidi, L. Rothwell, P. Hocking, KA. Watson, P. Kaiser, MP. Stevens, S. Avendano. 2018. “Genetic basis of Campylobacter colonisation in the broiler chicken and its impact on intestinal health following natural field exposure” Poultry Science, pey295,
  25. S.J. Bush, L. Freem, A.J. MacCallum, J. O’Dell, C. Wu, C. Afrasiabi, A. Psifidi, M.P. Stevens, J. Smith, K.M. Summers, D.A. Hume. 2018. “Combination of novel and public RNA-seq datasets to generate an mRNA expression atlas for the domestic chicken” BMC Genomics (2018) 19:594 DOI
  26. J. Ioannidis, E. Sánchez-Molano, A. Psifidi, F. X. Donadeu and G. Banos. 2018. “Association of plasma microRNA expression with age, genetic background and functional traits in dairy cattle” Scientific Reports, 8(1), 12955.
  27.  L. Seeker, J. Ilska, A. Psifidi, R. Wilbourn, S. Underwood, J. Fairlie, R. Holland, H. Froy, E. Salvo-Chirnside, A. Bagnall, B. Whitelaw, M. Coffey, D. Nussey,  G. Banos. 2018. "Bovine telomere dynamics and the association between telomere length and productive lifespan" Scientific Reports (2018) 8:12748  DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-31185-z 4
  28. R.J. Pandit, A.T. Hinsu, S.H. Patel, S.J. Jakhesara, P.G. Koringa, F. Bruno, A. Psifidi, S.V. Shah, C.G. Joshi. 2018."Microbiota composition, gene pool and its expression in Gir cattle (Bos indicus) rumen under different forage diet using metagenomic and metatranscriptomic approach" Systematic and Applied Microbiology 41 (2018) 374–385-
  29. L.A. Seeker, J.J. Ilska, A. Psifidi, R.V. Wilbourn, S.L. Underwood, J. Fairlie, R. Holland, H. Froy, A. Bagnall, B. Whitelaw, M. Coffey, D.H. Nussey, G. Banos. 2018. "Longitudinal changes in telomere length and associated genetic parameters in dairy cattle analysed using random regression models". PLoS ONE 13(2): e0192864. 
  30. G. Banos, G. Bramis, S.J. Bush, E.L. Clark, M.B. McCulloch, J. Smith, G. Schulze, G. Arsenos, D.A. Hume, A. Psifidi.2017. “The genomic architecture of mastitis resistance in dairy sheep” BMC Genomics 18:624 doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3982-1.
  31. D. Miltiadou, A.L. Hager-Theodorides, S. Symeou, C. Constantinou, A. Psifidi, G. Banos, O. Tzamaloukas. 2017. “Variants in the 3'UTR of the ovine Acetyl-Coenzyme A Acyltransferase 2 gene are associated with dairy traits and exhibit differential allelic expression”. Journal of Dairy Science 100:8:6285-6297. DOI:
  32. L.A. Seeker, R. Holland, S. Underwood, J. Fairlie, A. Psifidi, J.J. Ilska, A. Bagnall, B. Whitelaw, M. Coffey, G. Banos and D.H. Nussey. 2016. “Method specific calibration corrects for DNA extraction method effects on relative telomere length measurements by quantitative PCR” PLos One - 
  33. A. Psifidi, G. Banos, O. Matika, T.T. Desta, J. Bettridge, D.A. Hume, D. Tadelle, R. Christley, P. Wigley, O. Hanotte and P. Kaiser. 2016. “Genome-wide association studies of immune, disease and productivity traits in indigenous chicken ecotypes” Genetic Selection Evolution 48:74 DOI: 10.1186/s12711-016-0252-7
  34. A. Psifidi, M. Fife, J. Howell, O. Matika, P. M. van Diemen, R. Kuo, J. Smith, P.M. Hocking, N. Salmon, M.A. Jones, D.A. Hume, G. Banos, M.P. Stevens and P. Kaiser. 2016. “The genomic architecture of resistance to Campylobacter jejuni intestinal colonisation in chickens” BMC Genomics 201617:293, DOI: 10.1186/s12864-016-2612-7 
  35. A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas, G. Bramis, T. Lazou, C.L. Russel, G. Arsenos and G. Banos. 2015. “Comparison of eleven methods for genomic DNA extraction suitable for large-scale whole-genome genotyping and long-term DNA banking using blood samples” PLoS ONE 10(1): e0115960. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0115960.
  36. A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas, K. Efthimiou and G. Banos. 2013. “PRNP genotyping in dairy sheep flocks: A sampling strategy for application in breeding programmes for scrapie eradication" Small Ruminant Research 113:335-339. 
  37. A.I. Gelasakis, G. Arsenos, J. Hickford, H. Zhou H., A. Psifidi, G.E. Valergakis and G. Banos. 2013. “Polymorphism of the MHC-DQA2 gene in the Chios dairy sheep population and its association with footrot” Livestock Science
  38. A. Psifidi, Z. Basdagianni, C.I. Dovas, G. Arsenos, E. Sinapis, M. Papanastassopoulou and G. Banos. 2011. “Characterisation of the PRNP gene locus in Chios dairy sheep and its association with milk production and reproduction traits” Animal Genetics 42:406-414.
  39. A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas and G. Banos. 2011. “Novel quantitative real-time LCR for the sensitive detection of SNP frequencies in pooled DNA: Method development, evaluation and application” PLoS ONE 6(1): e14560. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014560.
  40. A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas and G. Banos. 2010. “A comparison of six methods for genomic DNA extraction suitable for PCR-based genotyping applications using ovine milk samples” Molecular and Cellular Probes 24:93-98.
  41. b.Full articles in refereed scientific conference proceedings 
  42. X. Dai, D. Xia, B. E. Griffiths, A. Anagnostopoulos, M. Barden, B. Li, M. Coffey, D. Werling, G. Oikonomou, G. Banos, and A. Psifidi (2022)”Transcriptomic characterisation of claw horn disruption lesions in the peripheral blood leucocytes of dairy cattle”. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  43. X. Dai, A. T. Hinsu, C. Dadousis, R. J. Pandit, M. Crotta, G. Limon, B. Fosso, J. Guitian, F. M. Tomley, P. G. Koringa, C. G. Joshi, D. P. Blake and A. Psifidi (2022)“Genome-wide association studies of chicken caecal microbiota” Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  44. B. Li, M. Barden, V. Kapsona, E.S. Molano, A. Anagnostopoulos, B.E. Griffiths, C. Bedford, X. Dai, M. Coffey, A. Psifidi, G. Oikonomou, and G. Banos (2022)“Understanding the genetic architecture of claw horn lesions in different lactation stages in Holstein cattle”. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  45. K.M. Morris, K. Sutton, M. Girma, W. Esatu, B. Solomon, T. Dessie, L. Vervelde, A. Psifidi, O. Hanotte and G. Banos  (2022) “Phenotypic characterisation of African chickens raised in semi scavenging conditions. Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  46.  A. Psifidi, M. Crotta, RJ. Pandit, B. Fosso, PG. Koringa, G Limon, K. Boulton, G. Banos, J Guitian, FM. Tomley, DN. Rank, CG. Joshi, D. Hume, DP. Blake. 2018. “Identification of SNP markers affecting gut microbiome composition in chicken”. Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Auckland, New Zealand
  47. J.J. Ilska*, A. Psifidi*, L.A. Seeker, B. Whitelaw, M. Coffey, D. Nussey, G. Banos. 2018. “Genetic background of early life telomere length and association with dairy cow longevity”. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Auckland, New Zealand (* equally contributed first authors)
  48. A. Psifidi, M. Fife, O. Matika, K. Boulton, G. Banos, D. Blake, DA. Hume, MP. Stevens, P. Kaiser. 2017. “Mapping disease resistance in poultry”. Invited speech, Proceedings of the 10th European Symposium of Poultry Genetics, 26th-28th June, St Malo, France
  49. 48.  A. Psifidi, G. Bramis, G. Arsenos and G. Banos. 2014. “Genetic Parameters and Genomic Markers Associated with Mastitis Resistance in Dairy Sheep” Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Vancouver BC, Canada, 521
  50. A. Psifidi, G. Banos, O. Matika, T. Dessie, R. Christley, P. Wigley, J. Bettridge, O. Hanotte, T. Desta and P. Kaiser. 2014. “Identification of SNP Markers for Resistance to Salmonella and IBDV in Indigenous Ethiopian Chickens” Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Vancouver BC, Canada, 321.
  51. A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas, G. Arsenos, M. Papanastassopoulou, Z. Basdagianni and G. Banos. 2010. “Detection and Quantification of PrP Alleles Based on Flock Bulk Milk of Dairy Ewes Using Gap-A Ligase Chain Reaction“. Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, CD-ROM communication 0086. Leipzig, Germany.
  52. A.I. Gelasakis, G. Arsenos, J.G. Hickford, A. Psifidi, H. Zhou and G. Banos. 2010. “Polymorphism of the DQA2 gene in the Chios Dairy sheep population and its association with footrot“. Proceedings of the 9th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, CD-ROM communication 0631. Leipzig, Germany.
  53. c.  Lay publication
  54. V. Lindsay, A. Psifidi, R. Piercy (2021) “What is tying-up” Lay article in the magazine: Your Horse-published March 2021. 
  55. d.Chapters in books
  56. A. Psifidi, Royal Veterinary College, UK. (2021) Chapter:  “Genetics of Disease Resistance” in the    book entitled: “Poultry Health A Guide for Professionals” Edited by Paul Barrow, Venugopal Nair, Susan Baigent, Robert Atterbury and Michael Clark published by CABY. 
  57. M.-H. Pinard-van der Laan, INRAE, France; J. Kaufman, University of Edinburgh and University of Cambridge, UK; A. Psifidi, Royal Veterinary College, UK; H. Zhou, University of California-Davis, USA; and M. Fife, Aviagen Ltd and The Pirbright Institute, UK (2020)  Chapter: “Genetics and genomics of immunity and disease traits in poultry species”, in the book entitled : “Advances in poultry genetics and genomics” Ed. : S.E. Aggrey, H. Zhou, M. Tixier-Boichard, D.D. Rhoads Pub. : Burleigh Dodds series in agricultural science, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK published by the Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing. Relevant link:


Androniki teaches animal genetics and genetics of disease in BVetMed students.

She supervises and co-supervises several PhD, MSci and MRes students within the field of genetics, genomics, functional genomics and metagenomics of complex disease resistance. Androniki also supervises undergraduate (RP2 and BSciYear3) research projects.

  • Genetic and non-genetic factors in Campylobacter levels in poultry

    Researchers explored variation at specific positions in chickens’ genome and their association with Campylobacter in the birds’ guts. Campylobacteriosis exerts profound societal and economic costs to the UK and other countries. The World Health Organization has estimated that Campylobacter causes 95 million illnesses, 21,000 deaths and loss of 2.1 million disability-adjusted life years globally. In the UK alone, there were 63,946 laboratory-confirmed human cases in 2017.

    The study concluded that, although there are genetic factors that influence Campylobacter colonisation, these factors play a relatively minor role.

  • SweetAnimals

    The SweetAnimal project studies the presence of sugar-binding receptors in the genomes of a variety of farmed animals, how these differ between species, what ligands expressed on pathogens they bind, and how this information can be used to develop carbohydrate-based vaccines.

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) One Health Poultry Hub

    With integrated streams of social, economic, biological, mathematical and policy-led research, we are co-producing detailed knowledge on the biological, structural and socio-economic factors that shape networks of chicken production and distribution. The RVC-led UKRI GCRF One Health Poultry Hub brings together leading laboratory, clinical, veterinary and social scientists, as well as skilled communications experts, programme support staff and external stakeholders.  

  • Understanding the genetic basis of catastrophic bone fracture in Thoroughbred horses using stem cells.

    Bone fractures are a significant welfare problem in the Thoroughbred racing industry. Previous work has demonstrated that fracture is a complex condition with both environmental and genetic factors risk factors. However, the specific genetic factors that underpin fracture risk have not been identified. This has proved problematic to work out using patients due to the difficulty in accessing bone tissue and the large variability in exposure to environmental risk factors.

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