Graduate Research Assistant
I started my career at the University of Guelph in 2009 when I enrolled in the B.Sc. Animal Biology Honours program. Near the end of my undergraduate studies, I became interested in research and also chose to minor in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences. In September 2014, I officially started my MSc. with Dr. John Cant in the Lactation Systems Biology Lab, where my thesis research focused on the effects of feed restriction on the synthetic capacity of the bovine mammary gland. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD. under the supervision of Dr. Angela Cánovas in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, where my research focuses on determining novel ways of selecting for reduced methane emissions and increased feed efficiency in industry breeding programs for dairy and beef cattle.
Outside of academics, I've always been involved in various other areas of the university. Since 2011, I have worked in Admission Services as a campus tour guide where I get the opportunity to help prospective students determine if Guelph is the best university for them. I have also been a teaching assistant for a variety of undergraduate courses related to animal science & agriculture, such as BIOL*1050 Biology of Managed Ecosystems, AGR*1110 Introduction to Agrifood Systems, AGR*2350 Animal Production Systems, Health & Industry, and ANSC*3080 Agricultural Animal Physiology. Lastly, I have been a member of the OAC Graduate Student Colloquium planning committee since 2014.