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Benchmark strengthens its core genetics team

The new appointments bring competence and capacity to the core genetics team and to support customers.

Benchmark strengthens its core genetics team
Grazyella Yoshida (left) and Hans Ekvall (right)
January 25, 2022

Benchmark Genetics appointed Grazyella Yoshida as senior geneticist and Hans Ekvall as junior geneticist to strengthen its core genetics team. Both positions are located at the head office in Bergen.

Grazyella Yoshida worked as an associate with José Manuel Yáñez's research group at the University of Chile, supporting the development and uptake of quantitative and genomic tools in R&D projects with several aquaculture species. She also has extensive experience from support to applied breeding programs for salmonids and tilapia in Chile and Brazil. Grazyella brings significant competence and capacity to the team in many relevant areas for Benchmark’s ambitious genetics work. This includes, among other areas, large-scale genetic and genomic evaluations, optimization of the use of genomic information and technical supervision of applied breeding programs. “I am motivated to use my background and skills in some relevant areas of genetics work and help develop a more profitable and sustainable aquaculture industry,” said Yoshida.

Hans Ekvall recently completed his European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG) program with combined studies at Georg August University in Germany and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Before that, he received a degree in epigenetics in tilapia at the Nord University in Bodø, followed by studies in biomedicine at the University of Bergen. 

Hans has broad international work experience with different species from Europe, Asia and Australia, including abalone and pearl oysters. For nearly three years, Hans worked as a technician in eyed egg production at Erfjord Stamfisk and thereby has practical experience from breeding Atlantic salmon. He will support external clients with applied consultancy services in his new role. “I believe Benchmark is the ideal employer. As junior geneticist, I will be able to apply my knowledge and skills, in collaboration with the experienced team of Benchmark, to support the external customers in improving their production output and animal welfare,” said Ekvall.