Faculty Service Officer 4, AFNS Labs and Genomics Unit Manager
2012: Faculty Teacher of the Year
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.
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