Dr. Rijnkels joined the IMGC Scientific Advisory Committee in 2011. She has participated in IMGC Symposia for more than a decade. She trained at Leiden University, the Netherlands, with Pharming Group NV, The Netherlands, and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Her research interests are milk protein gene regulation, genetic and epigenetic regulation in mammary gland development, lactation and disease. She is currently at the department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biological Sciences, Texas A&M University. As part of the bovine genome consortium she led the lactation group for the annotation and analysis of the bovine genome. She is part of Functional Annotation of Animal Genomes (FAANG) consortium actively involved in chromatin analysis in bovine genome.