PhD, molecular biology and genetics, University of Alberta
Bioinformatics, genomics, and genetics
Genetic basis of important traits in animals - we are using whole-genome sequencing and bioinformatics to understand the genetic basis of production and health traits in animals.
Mechanisms of pathogen resistance and resilience in livestock - we are using information in the form of genotypes, miRNA profiles, and mRNA profiles to understand what makes some individuals less susceptible to infection or better able to tolerate infection.
Genome variation and evolution - we are developing novel tools for visualizing sequence differences among individuals and species, and for predicting the impacts of small- and large-scale sequence variants. We are using these tools to perform detailed comparisons of animal genomes and to find functionally important variants.
Software tools for bacterial genome interpretation - we are creating an expert system to process, analyze, and visualize bacterial genomic sequence data. This system uses high-performance computing to quickly deliver high-quality and comprehensively annotated assemblies.
AN SC 484 - Animal Molecular Biology. Students learn about the major approaches and methodologies of applied molecular biotechnology in animal science, including recently developed methods for genome editing. Selected research papers are presented and discussed in class and students write a term paper.
AFNS 508 - Applied Bioinformatics. Introduction to databases, software tools, and analysis methods used to characterize DNA and protein sequences. Topics include information retrieval from sequence databases, protein function prediction, assessing sequence similarity, biological pathway analysis, measuring gene expression, proteomics, and protein identification.
AN SC 479/AN SC 499 - Integrative Problem Solving Project in Animal Science and Animal Health. Students complete an applied research project that involves writing a proposal, conducting research, performing statistical analyses, preparing a scientific manuscript, and presenting the results in a public forum.
Introduction to databases, software tools, and analysis methods used to characterize DNA and protein sequences and to measure gene expression. Topics include information retrieval from sequence databases, protein function prediction, assessing sequence similarity, measuring gene expression, and the analysis of high-throughput sequencing data using command-line tools. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Fall Term 2021
An introduction to the basic principles of animal genetics and their practical application in selection strategies, breeding systems, and methods of improvement for domestic animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 207 and AN SC 101 or consent of instructor.Fall Term 2021
Application of genetic/genomic principles and methods to the improvement of livestock and poultry. Prerequisite: AN SC 384 or consent of instructor.Winter Term 2022