Leif Andersson on Mentoring
  Leif Andersson     Biography    
Recorded: 08 May 2008

To mentor, yes, I think it’s – what I think is absolutely most important, if you have a student, that is to be interested in the student’s work, and share the data with the student, discuss the data. I think that is the most inspiring for young student, to be able—because I think the worst you can do with a student is to give them a project, then pay too little interest into it, because you are too busy with other things. So I think to be a good supervisor, if you are really interested in a project that is really stimulating for the student. I think that’s the best advice I can give.

Leif Andersson is a professor in Functional Genomics at Uppsala University and guest professor in Molecular Animal Genetics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.

His research group did pioneering work using domestic animals for genetic dissection of monogenic and multifactorial traits. Main research project includes genetic analysis of divergent intercrosses in chicken, horses and pigs. Andersson's group describe the genes and mutations affecting a certain trait and study the mechanism of the genes and regulatory elements affected by the mutations.