Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei Hired as Director of Genetic Research and Technology at Select Sires


Plain City, Ohio, January 11, 2019 – Select Sires is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei, as director of genetic research and technology. Sargolzaei brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in genetic/genomic research to Select Sires’ industry-leading genetic programs. As director of genetic research and technology, he will lead cooperative efforts in research and development of innovative genetic technologies to enhance breeding strategies for genetic improvement programs.

“We are excited to have Mehdi join our dairy sire development team. He adds new capabilities to our staff and he’ll be extremely valuable in continuing Select Sires’ reputation as the premier provider of superior dairy genetics,” says Chuck Sattler, vice president of genetic programs at Select Sires.

Sargolzaei obtained his master of science in animal breeding and genetics from Isfahan University of Technology in Iran before earning his Ph.D. in animal breeding and genetics from Niigata University in Japan.

Since receiving his Ph.D. in 2006, Sargolzaei has been an integral member of the research community at the Center for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL) and Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. As a post-doctoral fellow, Sargolzaei conducted research in Canada’s first genomic selection project and developed genomic evaluation tools that have been used by Canadian Dairy Network for implementation of official genomic evaluation. Since 2009, he has been an adjunct professor collaborating on a variety of research projects.

Sargolzaei’s previous employment as a research genomicist and senior geneticist in the commercial A.I. industry spans more than nine years. During this time, he has made significant industry contributions and has worked closely with academia, training the next generation of scientists, and carrying out extensive research on computational genomics and new, more efficient methods to analyze big genomic data. He has developed several software tools such as FImpute and snp1101, which are used in routine genomic evaluation by many companies around the world.

His contributions to animal genetics through research, academia and industry organizations demonstrate his enthusiasm for genetic exploration, advancement of genetic information and putting theory into practice.

Based in Plain City, Ohio, Select Sires Inc., is North America’s largest A.I. organization and is comprised of eight farmer-owned and -controlled cooperatives. As the industry leader, it provides highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying dairy and beef producers with North America's best genetics at a reasonable price.