Research Geneticist, NCCCWA-ARS-USDABiography
Dr. Palti currently holds the positions of a research geneticist and lead scientist of the Genetics, Physiology and Genomics unit at the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture (NCCCWA), Agricultural Research Service, USDA. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Economics in 1991 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and in 1997 a PhD in Genetics and Cell Biology from Washington State University (Pullman, WA, USA). Dr. Palti joined the NCCCWA in 2001 following postdoctoral fellowships at the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization (1998-1999), The Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion; 1999-2000) and Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia (2000-2001). At the NCCCWA Dr. Palti leads efforts to develop tools and resources for genomics research in rainbow trout and other salmonids. To date he has authored 83 published papers (67 peer-reviewed) and two book chapters. The major genomics tools and resources that were developed for rainbow trout research by teams under Dr. Palti's leadership include a BAC physical map of the genome, an integrated physical and genetic map, a database of 145K RAD SNPs, a draft assembly of the rainbow trout genome sequence, RAD SNPs genetic maps for QTL mapping and a 57K SNP chip. The major focus of Dr. Palti's current research is aimed at developing and evaluating strategies for genome-enabled selection in traits that cannot be measured directly on potential breeders in rainbow trout aquaculture. Dr. Palti collaborates with other geneticists, research physiologists, immunologists, microbiologists and nutritionists to map quantitative trait loci that affect disease resistance and aquaculture production efficiency with the overarching goal of identifying genes and genetic elements that can be utilized for improving aquaculture production efficiency and sustainability.