Urmila Basu, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Honors)

Faculty Serv Officer, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept Central Labs


Faculty Serv Officer, 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


Area of Study / Keywords

Functional Genomics Proteomics Molecular Plant Science


Job/Research Area  

Faculty Service Officer 4


2012: Faculty Teacher of the Year

Committee Involvement 

ALES Health and Safety Committee, Co-Chair

Agricultural Genomics and Proteomics 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 to seek efficiencies, 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, NRAL/SIFER, chromatography/proximate labs, animal and plant tissue culture, microbiology, human and animal nutrition, chemical analyses, . 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 core facilities to ensure that laboratories and work spaces conform to the 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.

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Featured Publications

Feizollahi E, Basu U, Fredua-Agyeman R, Jeganathan B, Tonoyan L, Strelkov SE, Vasanthan T, Siraki AG, Roopesh MS

Toxins. 2023 February; 15 10.3390/toxins15020124

Adhikary D, Kisiala A, Sarkar A, Basu U, Rahman H, Emery R, Kav N

Molecular Omics. 2022 November; 18 10.1039/d2mo00251e

Identification of lncRNAs in response to infection by Plasmodiophora brassicae in Brassica napus and development of lncRNA-based SSR marker.

Summanwar A, Basu U, Kav NNV, Rahman H

Genome. 2021 May; 64 (5):547-566

Summanwar A, Farid M, Basu U, Kav NNV, Rahman H

Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology. 2021 April; 114

Summanwar A, Basu U, Rahman H, Kav NNV

Plant Science. 2020 August; 297

Identification of lncRNAs responsive to infection by Plasmodiophora brassicae in clubroot-susceptible and -resistant Brassica napus lines carrying resistance introgressed from rutabaga.

Summanwar A, Farid M, Basu U, Kav NNV, Rahman H

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 2019 October; 32

Zhao H, Basu U, Kebede B, Cunmin Cu, Jiana Li, Rahman H

PloS One. 2019 June; 14 (2)

Megha S, Basu U, Joshi RK and Kav NNV

Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 2018 January; 132

Megha S, Basu U and Kav NNV

Plant Cell and Environment. 2018 January; 41

Xiaoji L, Miller P, Basu U, McMullen LM

Food Microbiology. 2017 January; 63

Salehi R, Colazo MG, Mohanathas G, Basu U, Ambrose DJ

Reproduction, fertility and Development. 2016 January;

Joshi RK, Megha S, Basu U, Rahman MH, Kav NNV

PLoS ONE. 2016 January; 11 (7):e0158784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158784

Xiaoji L, Miller P, Basu U, McMullen LM

Applied Environmental Microbiology. 2014 January; 80 (13):3835

Stothard P, Choi JW, Basu U, Sumner-Thomson JM, Meng Y, Liao X, Moore SS

BMC Genomics. 2011 January; 12