Professor Stefan Hiendleder

JS Davies Professorial Fellow

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Stefan Hiendleder studied Animal Science 1982-1987 at Justus-Liebig University (JLU) of Giessen, Germany where he obtained a PhD (Dr.agr.) working on sheep endocrinology and cellular metabolism in 1989. He was appointed Assistant Professor Animal Breeding and Genetics at JLU in 1990. After sabbaticals at the Academy of Sciences, Kazakhstan (1991) and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (1993) he obtained a habilitation degree in Animal Genetics (Dr.agr.habil.) with a thesis on 'Isolation and Characterization of QTL Candidates in Ruminants' in 1996. He worked at JLU as Associate Professor until joining the Molecular Animal Breeding and Biotechnology Group at the Gene Center of the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) in Munich, Germany in 2001. Dr. Hiendleder focused on the emerging field of Epigenetics and completed a second habilitation degree in Reproductive Biotechnology and Functional Genomics (Dr.med.vet.habil.) with the thesis ‘Non-Mendelian Effects in Animal Biotechnology'. He was appointed JS Davies Professorial Fellow in 2005 and leads a research group investigating non-mendelian genetic and epigenetic effects in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Davies Research Centre and the Robinson Research Institute.

My research covers Functional Genomics and Reproductive Biology and Biotechnology in animals with a special focus on non-mendelian inheritance. 

Past 10 years

  • Since 2018,  ACLAM Foundation Grant 'MicroRNA’s as a Novel Laboratory Animal Welfare Assessment Tool'  Whittaker A, Hiendleder S, Tilbrook A, Ralph C
  • Since 2017, APL Grant 'Novel biomarkers of animal welfare in pigs; MicroRNA, immunobiology and on farm application' Ralph C, Doyle R, Hazel S, Hiendleder S, Hutchinson M, Nattrass G, Plush K, Loup Ralut J, Tilbrook A
  • 2014 - 2017, ARC Linkage, ‘Epigenetic modifications in bovid adaptation to environmental change' A Cooper, CM Suter, M Wilkinson, S Hiendleder, B Llamas, JR Stephen, JF Taylor, DH Densham
  • 2011 - 2013, NHMRC, ‘Preventing insulin resistance and obesity following fetal growth restriction' JA Owens, M DeBlasio, K Gatford, S Hiendleder
  •  2008 - 2012, Qld Government Reinvestment Fund, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries ‘Precision beef cattle production through an alternative genetic approach' B Burns, S Hiendleder, A Herring
  • 2007 - 2009, NHMRC, ‘Metabolic and molecular determinants of embryo viability' M Lane, S Hiendleder, M Mitchell
  • 2006 - 2008, EU, 6th Framework Program, ‘Cutting Edge Genomics for Sustainable Animal Breeding' S Hiendleder, E Wolf
  • 2006 - 2008, DFG, ‘Co-culture experiments for the study of early embryo-maternal communication' S Hiendleder, M Boelhauve

Teaching Interests

  • Genetics and Epigentics
  • Experimental Genetics
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Reproductive Biotechnology
  • Reproductive Physiology
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Principal Supervisor Non-Mendelian Effects in Embryo-Fetal Development Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Hanh Thi Hong Nguyen
    2017 Co-Supervisor Novel biomarkers of animal welfare in Pigs: MicroRNA, Immunology and on farm application Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Laura Emma Latimer-Marsh
    2016 Co-Supervisor Functional analysis of the regulating factors controlling gene expression in cattle Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Cynthia Liu
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Effects of Fetal Sex and Genetics on the Bovine Placenta - From Baseline Data to Fetal Programming and Heterosis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Consuelo Amor Estrella
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Early Origins of Metabolic Syndrome Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jing Zhou
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Differential maternal and paternal genome effects on placental and fetal phenotype and gene expression at midgestation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ruidong Xiang
    2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Contribution of insulin-like growth factor system and growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor 1 axis genes to heterosis in a bovine fetus model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ali Javadmanesh
    2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Imprinted Gene Expression and Phenotype of Bovine Concepti with Bos taurus and Bos indicus Genetics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Mani Ghani Poor Samami
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2006 - ongoing Member Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB) Australia
    2001 - ongoing Member International Embryo Transfer Society (IETS) United States
    1996 - ongoing Member Deutsche Gesellschaft für Züchtungskunde e.V. (DGfZ) Germany
    1996 - ongoing Member Gesellschaft fuer Tierzuchtwissenschaft (GfT) Germany
    1990 - ongoing Member International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) United States
  • Position: JS Davies Professorial Fellow
  • Phone: 83137814
  • Email: stefan.hiendleder@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 7972
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: J.S. Davies, floor G
  • Room: G 05
  • Org Unit: Veterinary Science

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