M.Sc. by thesis
I graduated from the University of Guelph with an honours BSc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics., I completed a fourth-year project under the supervision of Dr. Angela Cánovas which focused on using a genome-wide association study to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with fertility and feed efficiency traits in beef bulls. This past summer I worked for OMAFRA under the supervision of Dr. Christoph Wand and Dr. Tom Wright as the Dairy and Livestock Sustainability Assistant. Completing a research project and working in the field deepened my understanding and interest in animal genetics and fertility.
To further my education, I am completing a M.Sc. thesis with Dr. Angela Cánovas. My project is looking to understand the underlying fundamentals of cattle embryo survival and the establishment of pregnancy by comparing pregnant and non-pregnant cows. Embryo survival is an important factor affecting fertility and economic efficiency in cattle production systems. This research is expected to lead to the identification of key regulator genes, casual networks, and metabolic pathways affecting embryo survival through the use of –omics technologies such as, metabolomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics. The genomic data obtained from these technologies will allow us to perform a systems biology approach to identify metabolic pathways and genes affecting embryo survival. Knowledge obtained from this research could be incorporated into breeding programs to increase the rate of genetic progress to improve embryo survival.
Outside of academia, I enjoy serving as the President of the College Royal Society, a campus wide open-house held at the University of Guelph every March and spending time with my rescue dog Ellie.