Prof Georgios Banos

Research Interests

  • Georgios BanosDevelopment, evaluation and application of computational and statistical methods for the analysis of large sets of farm animal records and genomic data with the aim to extract useful information that unravels the genetic background of economically important traits and facilitates decision making at farm and population level
  • Methods to improve the accuracy of genomic evaluations and detection of causal mutations, and studies of certain biomarkers as predictors of animal health, fitness, longevity, robustness and welfare.

Research Projects

PhD Students

  • Luise Seeker - “Telomere length and longevity in dairy cattle”
  • Tanya Englishby - “International genetic and genomic evaluations for carcass traits in cattle

Selected Publications

  • A. Kougioumtzis, G.E. Valergakis, G. Oikonomou, G. Arsenos and G. Banos. 2013. “Profile and genetic parameters of dairy cattle locomotion score and lameness across lactation” Animal ((in press)
  • G. Banos, E. Wall, M.P. Coffey, A. Bagnall, S. Gillespie, G.C. Russell and T.N. McNeilly. 2013. “Identification of immune traits correlated with dairy cow health, reproduction and productivity” PLoS ONE 8(6): e65766. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065766
  • A. Psifidi, C. Dovas, K. Efthimiou and G. Banos. 2013. “PRNP genotyping in dairy sheep flocks: A sampling strategy for application in breeding programmes for scrapie eradication" Small Ruminant Research 113:335-339. Short Communication
  • A.I. Gelasakis, G. Arsenos, J. Hickford, H. Zhou H., A. Psifidi, G.E. Valergakis and G. Banos. 2013. “Polymorphism of the MHC-DQA2 gene in the Chios dairy sheep population and its association with footrot” Livestock Science 153 (1-3):56-59. Short Communication
  • M.P.L. Calus, D.P. Berry, G. Banos, Y. de Haas and R.F. Veerkamp. 2013. “Genomic selection: the option for new robustness traits?” Advances in Animal Biosciences 4 (3):618-625
  • G. Maniatis, N. Demiris, A. Kranis, G. Banos and A. Kominakis. 2013. “Model comparison and estimation of genetic parameters for body weight in commercial broilers” Canadian Journal of Animal Science 93:67-77
  • G. Maniatis, N. Demiris, A. Kranis, G. Banos and A. Kominakis. 2013. “Genetic analysis of sexual dimorphism of body weight in broilers” Journal of Applied Genetics 54:61-70
  • G. Banos, M.P. Coffey, R.F. Veerkamp, D.P. Berry and E. Wall. 2012. “Merging and characterising phenotypic data on conventional and rare traits from dairy cattle experimental resources in three countries“ Animal 6:1040-1048
  • G. Banos and M.P. Coffey. 2012 “Prediction of liveweight from linear conformation traits in dairy cattle” Journal of Dairy Science 95:2170-2175. Technical Note
  • A.I. Gelasakis, G.E. Valergakis, G. Arsenos and G. Banos. 2012. “Description and typology of intensive Chios dairy sheep farms in Greece” Journal of Dairy Science 95:3070-3079
  • S. Mc Parland, G. Banos, B. McCarthy, E. Lewis, M.P. Coffey, B. O’Neill, M. O’Donovan, E. Wall and D.P. Berry. 2012. “Validation of mid-infrared spectrometry in milk for predicting body energy status in Holstein-Friesian cows” Journal of Dairy Science 95:7225-7235
  • G. Oikonomou, G. Michailidis, A. Kougioumtzis, M. Avdi and G. Banos. 2011. "Effect of polymorphisms at the STAT5A and FGF2 gene loci on reproduction, milk yield and lameness of Holstein cows" Research in Veterinary Science 91:235-239
  • S. Mc Parland, G. Banos, E. Wall, M.P. Coffey, H. Soyeurt, R.F. Veerkamp and D.P. Berry. 2011. "The use of mid-infrared spectrometry to predict energy status of Holstein cows” Journal of Dairy Science 94:3651-3661
  • A. Psifidi, Z. Basdagianni, C. Dovas, G. Arsenos, E. Sinapis, M. Papanastassopoulou and G. Banos. 2011. “Characterisation of the PRNP gene locus in Chios dairy sheep and its association with milk production and reproduction traits” Animal Genetics 42:406-414
  • A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas and G. Banos. 2011. “Novel quantitative real-time LCR for the sensitive detection of SNP frequencies in pooled DNA: Method development, evaluation and application” PLoS ONE 6(1): e14560. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0014560
  • G.E. Valergakis, G. Oikonomou, G. Arsenos and G. Banos. 2011. “Phenotypic association between energy balance indicators and reproductive performance in primiparous Holstein cows” Veterinary Record 168:189 doi:10.1136/vr.c6259
  • G. Banos and M.P. Coffey. 2010. “Genetic association between body energy measured throughout lactation and fertility in dairy cattle” Animal 4:189-199
  • G. Banos and M.P. Coffey. 2010. “Characterization of the genome-wide linkage disequilibrium in two divergent selection lines of dairy cows” Journal of Dairy Science 93:2775-2778. Short Communication
  • P.R. Amer and G. Banos. 2010. “Implications of avoiding overlap between training and testing datasets when evaluating genomic predictions of genetic merit” Journal of Dairy Science 93:3320-330
  • A. Psifidi, C.I. Dovas and G. Banos. 2010. “A comparison of six methods for genomic DNA extraction suitable for PCR-based genotyping applications using ovine milk samples” Molecular and Cellular Probes 24:93-98
  • G.E. Valergakis, A.I. Gelasakis, G. Oikonomou, G. Arsenos, P. Fortomaris and G. Banos. 2010. “Profitability of a dairy sheep genetic improvement program using artificial insemination” Animal 4:1628-1633
  • A.I. Gelasakis, G. Arsenos, G.E. Valergakis, P. Fortomaris and G. Banos. 2010. “Effect of lameness on milk production in a flock of dairy sheep” Veterinary Record 167:533-534. Short Communication
  • I.G. Bouzalas, C.I. Dovas, G. Banos, M. Papanastassopoulou, S. Kritas, A. Oevermann, D. Papakostaki, E. Chatzinasiou, O. Papadopoulos, T. Seuberlich and G. Koptopoulos. 2010. “Caprine PRNP polymorphisms at codons 171, 211, 222 and 240 in a Greek herd and their association with classical scrapie” Journal of General Virology 91:1629-2634. Short Communication
  • G. Oikonomou, K. Angelopoulou, G. Arsenos, D. Zygoyiannis and G. Banos. 2009. “Effect of polymorphisms in the DGAT1, leptin and growth hormone receptor gene loci on body energy, blood metabolic and reproductive traits of Holstein cows” Animal Genetics 40:10-17
  • G. Banos, J.A. Woolliams, B.W. Woodward, A.B. Forbes and M.P. Coffey. 2008. “Impact of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in leptin, leptin receptor, growth hormone receptor, and DGAT1 gene loci on milk production, feed and body energy traits of UK dairy cows” Journal of Dairy Science 91:3190-3200
  • M. Avdi and G. Banos. 2008. “Genetic diversity and inbreeding in the Greek Skyros horse” Livestock Science 114:362–365. Short Communication
  • G. Oikonomou, G.E. Valergakis, G. Arsenos, N. Roubies and G. Banos. 2008. “Genetic profile of body energy and blood metabolic traits across lactation in primiparous Holstein cows” Journal of Dairy Science 91:2814-2822
  • G. Oikonomou, G. Arsenos, G.E. Valergakis, A. Tsiaras, D. Zygoyiannis and G. Banos. 2008. “Genetic relationship of body energy and blood metabolites with reproduction in Holstein cows” Journal of Dairy Science 91:4323-4332
  • G.E. Valergakis, G. Arsenos, Z. Basdagianni and G. Banos. 2008. “Grouping strategies and lead factors for ration formulation in milking ewes of the Chios breed” Livestock Science 115:211-218


Prof Georgios Banos

Professor for Computational Biology, Animal Breeding & Genomics (Joint Post with Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh)

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9342