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Steve Kemp

  • Acting Biotechnology Theme Director and Genomics Team Leader
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • 168PublicationsNumber of items in Steve's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 4Followers


I am a visiting scientist at The International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi and Professor of Molecular Genetics at the University of Liverpool, UK. I lead the ILRI genomics group which attempts to provide genomics support to other research areas as well as conducting its own research portfolio. In particular we are combining molecular approaches with field-based livestock breeding and improvement schemes. I have recently been asked to act as coordinator for the biotechnology theme as a whole. Somewhat to my surprise I am finding that a rewarding as well as challenging task. My research interests focus on the host-pathogen interaction and mechanisms of innate disease resistance in livestock. I have also recently initiated programmes which use “next generation” sequencing methods to characterise pathogens in complex, dirty and mixed samples with the aim of discovering novel variants in order to inform epidemiology and identify potential emerging diseases. I am also interested in livestock diversity characterisation and conservation and especially in ways of using such programmes to leverage high-end science in combination with rational and achievable conservation. As a result of this work I have developed a passion for informatics and technical solutions to allow efficient use and sharing of expensively obtained biological material, and associated meta-data. I am currently excited by the possibility of using the emerging ultra low-cost diagnostic tools in combination with cheap and easy communications to make transformational changes in livestock management and breeding in Africa. I love new ideas and especially enjoy connecting people and ideas in novel and innovative ways and watching them run without me! I resist the notion that Africa is not deserving of technological solutions to its agricultural challenges. This idea seem to be gaining ground among those in the developed world who are currently being fed by the products of a previous generation of technical innovation. In my spare time I enjoy long distance sailing (I am a qualified commercial yacht master), running, amateur radio and electronics. I enjoy languages and can get by in Kiswahili and enjoy playing with Sheng. I am a self-taught perl and python hacker and have developed several web-available database systems which are in daily use monitoring a range of services in both Liverpool and Nairobi.

Recent publications

  • Cattle genome-wide analysis reveals genetic signatures in trypanotolerant N'Dama

    • Kim S
    • Ka S
    • Ha J
    • et al.
  • Male sex pheromones and the phylogeographic structure of the Lutzomyia longipalpis species complex (Diptera: Psychodidae) from Brazil and Venezuela

    • Watts P
    • Hamilton J
    • Ward R
    • et al.

Professional experience

Acting Biotechnology Theme Director and Genomics Team Leader

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

June 2012 - Present

Professor of Molecular Genetics

University of Liverpool

September 2000 - Present

Senior Scientist and Genomics Team Leader

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

September 2005 - June 2012(7 years)


University of Liverpool

February 1995 - September 2000(6 years)



University of Edinburgh

September 1982 - November 1985(3 years)

Zoology (Hons.)

University of Wales, Bangor

September 1976 - May 1979(3 years)

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