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The Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) discovers and develops improved methods for the genetic and genomic evaluation of economically important traits of dairy animals and small ruminants and conducts fundamental genomics-based research aimed at improving their health and productive efficiency.

AGIL was formed in April 2014 through a merger of the Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) and the Bovine Functional Genomics Laboratory (BFGL).

AGIL news

  • Joint Israeli-U.S. team recognized by BARD (
  • John Cole receives National Association of Animal Breeders' Research Award
  • Paul VanRaden inducted into ARS Science Hall of Fame

Current job openings

Research Computational Biologist (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

The Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory is located in Beltsville, MD and is part of the Northeast Area.
The Acting Research Leader is John Cole.
Phone: 301-504-8334
Fax: 301-504-8092
BLDG. 005, RM. 306, BARC-WEST
Beltsville, MD 20705