The new Head of Department is an Australian citizen and comes from a position as Professor and Group Leader of Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, and Systems Biology, at University of Copenhagen.
Haja Kadarmideen’s core expertise lies within quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics, and integrative systems biology. While his research career has been related mainly to animal biosciences and veterinary biomedicine, he has also been focusing on human diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and psychiatric disorders in the past six years.
”Haja Kadarmideen is a successful researcher with an impressive international network. He has a significant track record with regard to securing research grants, and I’m absolutely confident that he is the right person to strengthen even further DTU Bioinformatic’s ability to deliver research and education for the benefit of society,” says DTU President Anders Bjarklev about the appointment.
Haja Kadarmideen himself looks forward to taking up the gauntlet:
“DTU Bioinformatics has excellent and highly motivated staff, great international collaboration networks, and infrastructural capability. This—combined with the right strategic planning and organizational structure for the future—I believe, will enable us to reach new heights,” says Haja Kadarmideen.
Haja Kadarmideen was born in India where he completed his Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Veterinary Genetics (MVSc) before doing a PhD in Statistical Genetics jointly at the University of Guelph (Canada) and Wageningen University (Netherlands).
He moved to Denmark in 2010 to work at the University of Copenhagen for over six years as a full professor and leader of the Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics, and Systems Biology group and functioned as the director of the externally funded Indo-Danish BioChild Consortium on childhood obesity and the Danish-Brazilian GIFT Consortium on animal reproduction.
During his time in Denmark, he has received several competitive external research grants for his research from funding programmes. During his previous employments in Australia and Switzerland, he has also been very successful in external fundraising.