Dr. Claire D`Andre  Hirwa
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Dr. Claire D`Andre Hirwa

Senior Scientist
Rwanda Agriculture Board, Rwanda

Highest Degree
Ph.D. in Animal Breeding, Genetics and Reproduction from South China Agricultural University, China

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Dr. Claire D`Andre Hirwa holds a position of Senior Researcher in Animal Production, and Head of Large Stock Program Department of Research at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). She has completed her Ph.D. in Animal Breeding, Genetics and Reproduction from South China Agricultural University, China. Previously she was appointed as Lecturer at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and member of Taxonomy group of Animal genetic resources. She is author and co-author of 14 journal articles. She also supervised 8 undergraduate students’ projects. Dr. Claire received honors includes South China Agricultural University Foreign student Excellency 1st Prize, and Government Distinguished international students scholarship for PhD studies. Her main area of research interest focuses on Biotechnology research and its application in the livestock industry, mainly quantitative traits locus (QTL) and gene markers, Estimation of genetic and phenotypic parameters and breeding values; designing breeding programs, and research in the areas of animal breeding. She also participated in 4 research projects.

Area of Interest:

Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Genetic Parameters
Animal Breeding

Research Publications in Numbers


Selected Publications

  1. Kugonza, D., A. Kayitesi, F. Semahoro, D. Ingabire, M. Manzi, C.A. Hirwa and D. Gahakwa, 2013. Factors Affecting Suitability of Surrogate Dams for Embryo Transfer in Cattle. J. Anim. Sci. Adv., 3: 203-210.
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  2. D'Andre, H.C., W. Paul, X. Shen, X. Jia, R. Zhang, L. Sun and X. Zhang, 2013. Identification and characterization of genes that control fat deposition in chickens. J. Anim. Sci. Biotechnol., Vol. 4. 10.1186/2049-1891-4-43.
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  3. Hirwa, C.A., P. Wallace, X. Shen, Q. Nie, G. Yang and X. Zhang, 2011. Genes related to economically important traits in beef cattle. Asian J. Animal Sci. 5: 34-45.
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  4. Hirwa, C., W. Yan, P. Wallace, Q. Nie and C. Luo et al., 2010. Effects of the thyroid hormone responsive spot 14α gene on chicken growth and fat traits. Poult. Sci., 89: 1981-1991.
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  5. D'Andre Hirwa, C., W. Paul, W. Yan, C. Luo, Q. Nie, G. Yang and X. Zhang, 2009. Allelic frequency in chicken thyroid hormone responsive spot 14 alfa gene (THRSPα). Asian J. Anim. Sciences, 3: 85-91.
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