Martien Groenen has been a professor in Animal Genomics at Wageningen University since 2002 and in 2017 he became the chair of the Animal Breeding and Genetics group of Wageningen University. He has been involved in mapping the genomes of various farm animals since the beginning of the 1990s. In 2004, this resulted in three Nature publications describing the genome sequence and SNP variation of the chicken. He played a prominent role in the international chicken and swine genome sequencing projects. He was also involved in international projects that sequenced the genomes of turkey and duck and recently his group assembled the genomes of the great tit and the yellow tail king fish. He has coordinated the genomics and bioinformatics work packages in a number of EU funded research projects. In 2009 he was awarded an advanced ERC research grant for his research project 'Molecular characterization of genetic factors in the pig under selection during speciation, domestication and breeding'. He is one of the initiators and member of the steering committee of the FAANG consortium (Functional Annotation of Animal genomes; http://www.faang.org/). Professor Groenen has published over 260 peer reviewed articles and is a regular invited speaker at international conferences and workshops. Prof Groenen is a member of the Academic Board of Wageningen University.