Dr. Armand Sánchez, is full professor in Animal Sciences (Animal Genetics) at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain since 1996. Head of the “Molecular Genetics Veterinary Service” of UAB, and head of the research group “Molecular animal breeding in Veterinary Sciences”, whose activities focus on the application of molecular techniques to animal production, he is PI of many projects funded by Spanish, international institutions or private companies.
Author of 190 papers published in international journals (SCI) and many internal technical reports in the field of animal genetics, given more than 150 invited talks, posters and demos outside of home institutions. At present, he and his group take part in animal genomics projects about genetic characterization of economical important traits for animal production, and in the development of analytical methods for molecular diagnosis. The research group “Molecular animal breeding in Veterinary Sciences”, is an officially recognized quality research group (Generalitat de Catalunya, 2017-SGR-1060) since 1989.
In the last 10 years the group has participated in numerous competitive projects in the frame of molecular genetics applied to animal breeding. More focused in pig genomics, several QTL of economic importance and relevant candidate genes and markers have been described by our group, and 3 patents awarded actually one of them in exploitation and licensed by UAB. As an applied result of his activity he founded in 2011 the spin-off company “Vetgenomics“ the first SME participated by UAB a company of diagnostics in animal molecular genetics that actually employs 14 people.
At the institutional level he has been director of the Department of Animal Sciences and Food Technology, Vice-Dean of the Veterinary Faculty, Vice-Director of the Research Center in Agrigenomics and actually Director of the Doctorate School and Vice-Chancellor of Research and Technology Transfer of UAB.