Urmila Basu

Lab and Genomics Unit Manager, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept Central Labs


Lab and Genomics Unit Manager, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept Central Labs
(780) 492-8712
4-32A Agriculture/Forestry Centre
9011 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2P5



Job/Research Area   

Faculty Service Officer 4, AFNS Labs and Genomics Unit Manager


2012: Faculty Teacher of the Year

Committee Involvement 

University of Alberta General Safety Committee

ALES Safety Committee

AFNS Health and Safety Committee, Chair

AGP Unit Management Committee, Co-Chair

Plant Growth Facility Management Committee


Dr. Urmila Basu provides leadership to the operation of core research and teaching labs and facilities, including resource management, budgets and forecasts, supporting projects and new initiatives, and evaluation of new research and administrative strategies, with understanding of the broad strategic goals and directions of the Department and the Faculty.  The core research areas, include genomics and proteomics unit, chromatography, plant growth facilities, animal and plant tissue culture, microbiology, human and animal nutrition, chemical analyses, sensory analysis, and product development and testing. She facilitates the management and implementation of high-throughput functional genomics technologies in multidisciplinary research projects for applications in crop and livestock improvement in the Agri-Food sector and is actively involved in collaborative research projects at the national and international level.  

The Genomics and Proteomics unit supports the faculty's innovative efforts by the Livestock Genomics for improving production efficiency of livestock, as well as developing animal products with improved nutritional qualities.  Other major areas of research benefiting from this infrastructure include the Functional Genomics and Microbiology group, Plant Biotechnology and Plant Pathology group creating crops with improved disease resistance and value added characteristics, Canola Breeding Program, Wheat Breeding Program, Food microbiology, the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals group, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Dr. Basu is also responsible for overall monitoring of the health and safety programs of the Department to ensure that laboratories and work spaces conform to departmental procedures, institutional policies, and provincial safety standards.

Urmila brings 20+ years of extensive experience from her various roles at the University of Alberta, with advisory, research administration, and management responsibilities.  She has played an active role in enhancing student engagement and learning through teaching graduate and undergraduate courses.


AFNS 575 - Advanced Functional Genomics Technologies in Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Modular course offering training in a variety of research technologies. Modules offered will vary from term to term. Modules may include HPLC, gel electrophoresis, real-time PCR, gene isolation and cloning, gene amplification, cDNA library screening and microarray. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

Fall Term 2020

Browse more courses taught by Urmila Basu


Physiological studies and genome-wide microRNA profiling of cold-stressed Brassica napus
Author(s): Megha S, Basu U, Joshi RK and Kav NNV
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry
Volume: 132
Page Numbers: 1-17

Regulation of low temperature stress in plants by microRNAs
Author(s): Megha S, Basu U and Kav NNV
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Plant Cell and Environment
Volume: 41
Page Numbers: 1-15

Differential gene expression and filamentation of Listeria monocytogenes 08-5923 exposed to Sodium Lactate and Sodium Diacetate
Author(s): Xiaoji L, Miller P, Basu U, McMullen LM
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Food Microbiology
Volume: 63
Page Numbers: 153-158

Effects of prepartum oilseed supplements on subclinical endometritis, pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine transcripts in endometrial cells and postpartum ovarian function in dairy cows
Author(s): Salehi R, Colazo MG, Mohanathas G, Basu U, Ambrose DJ
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Reproduction, fertility and Development
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RD15334
Genome wide identification and functional prediction of long non-coding RNAs responsive to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum infection in Brassica napus.
Author(s): Joshi RK, Megha S, Basu U, Rahman MH, Kav NNV
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: PLoS ONE
Volume: 11
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: e0158784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158784

The role of long non-coding RNAs in abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Elucidation of Abiotic Stress Signaling in Plants: A Functional Genomic Perspective
Author(s): Megha S, Basu U, Rahman MH, Kav NNV
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Springer New York
Page Numbers: 93-106

Differential expression of miRNAs in Brassica napus root following infection with Plasmodiophora brassicae
Author(s): Verma SS, Rahman MH, Deyholos MK, Basu U, Kav NNV
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: PLoS ONE
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: e86648

MicroRNA omics approaches to investigate biotic and abiotic stress responses
Author(s): Verma SS, Megha S, Rahman MH, Kav NNV, Basu U
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Omics Technologies and Crop Improvement
Issue: Taylor and Francis K20304
Page Numbers: 105-125

Sodium chloride induced filamentation and alternative gene expression of ftsX, murZ, pykA and gnd in stressed and filamented Listeria monocytogenes 08-5923 on vacuum-packaged ham
Author(s): Xiaojii L, Miller P, Basu U, McMullen LM
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Volume: 360
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 152-156

Stress and adaptation of Listeria monocytogenes 08-5923 exposed to a sublethal dose of carnocyclin A
Author(s): Xiaoji L, Miller P, Basu U, McMullen LM
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Applied Environmental Microbiology
Volume: 80
Issue: 13
Page Numbers: 3835

Development of a quantitative PCR detection technique for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum on canola
Author(s): Ziesman BR, Turkington TK, Basu U, Strelkov SE
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Can. J. Plant Pathol.
Volume: 35
Page Numbers: 131-132

Whole genome resequencing of Black Angus and Holstein cattle for SNP and CNV discovery
Author(s): Stothard P, Choi JW, Basu U, Sumner-Thomson JM, Meng Y, Liao X, Moore SS
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: BMC Genomics
Volume: 12
Page Numbers: 559-574