Jorge Hidalgo Assistant Professor – Breeding and Genetics Animal & Dairy Science
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Contact Information 706-542-6650
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 425 River Road, Room 350, Athens, GA 30602
Shipping Address Athens, CAES Campus 425 River Road, Room 350, Athens, GA 30602

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Dr. Jorge Hidalgo, hailing from Mexico, boasts a robust academic background in the field of Animal Science. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the prestigious Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, followed by a Masters in Animal Breeding
and Genetics from the same institution. His pursuit of excellence led him to the United States, where he successfully obtained his Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics from the University of Georgia.

Currently, Dr. Jorge Hidalgo holds the esteemed position of Assistant Professor within
 the Animal and Dairy Science Department at the University of Georgia. His professional journey is guided by a profound research interest in the realm of Animal Breeding and Genetics, with a specific focus on conducting large-scale genomic evaluations for livestock. Through his academic journey and current role, Dr. Jorge Hidalgo has positioned himself as a prominent figure contributing to the advancement of knowledge in Animal Genetics.

Dr. Jorge Hidalgo resides in Nicholson, Georgia, with his wife, Ise, their daughter Sofia, and their two sons, Rick, and Jorge. In his free time, Dr. Jorge Hidalgo spends time playing soccer/running with Rick and Jorge and attending Sofia’s ballet and tap classes.

Description of Research Interests

Dr. Jorge Hidalgo focuses on the application and development of statistical methods for large-scale genomic evaluations in livestock populations. The most advanced breeding programs gather millions of pedigrees, genotypes, and phenotypes, leading to more accurate prediction of the animals’ genetic merit and a deeper understanding of the genetic basis of production, health, and efficiency traits. The data dimensionality also brings computational challenges, making the development of more efficient statistical methods and their application crucial. Specific research topics include 1) genomic evaluation for crossbred and beef on dairy populations, 2) genetic analysis of categorical traits (diseases, mortality, calving ease, etc.), 3) genetic analysis including social interaction models, and 4) genomic evaluations for heat tolerance.


Courses Taught

ADSC 3110 Introduction to Genetics of Livestock Improvement