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Current MSc Positions

MSc Position in Genetics, Diet and Animal Health (pdf file)

A 2-year MSc position is available (pending stipend funding) in the Department of Pathobiology, offered jointly with the Department of Population Medicine, commencing May 1 or September 1, 2017 on host immunity to and epidemiology of bacterial pathogens in swine.

The research project is part of a large multidisciplinary project involving the Departments of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, and will explore the associations between diet, farm management, and pig genotypes with health and growth performance. In this project, on-farm clinical trials are performed to compare growth performance up to market weight among pigs that were fed with either reduced animal protein containing diets or conventional diets during nursery period. In addition, impact of reduced animal-protein diets on immune response (cytokines and antibody) and health of pigs (morbidity and mortality, presence of pathogens) will be explored. Pig genotypes (single nucleotide variants) will be determined and their association with growth performance and health will be studied. The projects will include a review of existing literature, laboratory work (e.g. bacteriology, ELISA, PCR), analysis of data collected on farms and data produced from sample analysis, and use of epidemiological methods to analyze data. The project may involve farm visits to obtain additional samples.

Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic criteria, relevant interest and experience, referees’ evaluations, and an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. There is a significant funding opportunity for graduate stipend funding within the Veterinary College with applications due February 10th, 2017, and an alternative source of funding from OMAFRA (the OMAFRA HQP program) due between February 6th and February 24th, 2017 that could provide the required pending funding. Other funding sources are available for exceptional candidates.

A formal application should be submitted to Dr. Lillie at blillie@uoguelph.ca or Dr. Vahab Farzan at afarzan@uoguelph.ca and should include a CV, a copy of undergraduate transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter stating interest in the above-mentioned titles.

  • Dr. Brandon Lillie Associate Professor Department of Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario blillie@uoguelph.ca
  • Dr. Vahab Farzan Adjunct Professor Department of Population Medicine Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario afarzan@uoguelph.ca

Research-related inquiries, or inquiries about the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie and/or Dr. Farzan. Further inquiries related to general application procedures can be directed to Mrs. Donna Kangas, Graduate Program Assistant, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, NI G 2WI, Canada; phone 519- 824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail: pathgrad@uoguelph.ca

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MSc Position in Molecular Virology

A 2-year MSc position is available (pending stipend funding) commencing either September 2016, January 2017, or May 2017 in the laboratory of Dr. Leonardo Susta, Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This MSc position will focus on the molecular basis of cellular resistance to Newcastle disease virus (NDV) infection in chickens. The research program is designed to discover cellular genes involved in NDV resistance through next generation sequencing using a genome walking approach in haploid cell lines. Other methods of resistance to NDV, such as pathogen derived resistance in avian cell lines, can be explored based on the candidate’s interest.

The research will involve production of retrovirus-based gene trap system to be used in haploid cell lines, infection of mutagenized cell populations and, from resistant cells, preparation of DNA libraries and interpretation of sequencing results. In addition, feasibility of pathogen derived resistance for NDV, i.e., assessment of how virus-derived genes can induce resistance to NDV infection, will be explored in avian cell lines.

The program will offer the candidate the opportunity to learn different aspects of virology, molecular biology, genome-walking techniques, and next generation sequencing. The ideal candidate will participate fully in all aspects of the research project, and will be a motivated and ambitious team member. Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic criteria, relevant interest and experience, referees’ evaluations, and an assessment of the candidate’s career goals and motivation.
Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

The candidate must obtain stipend funding, which may be available as scholarships through the Ontario Veterinary College, or other opportunities, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) HQP scholarship. Please contact Donna Kangas (contact information below) for details.
Research-related inquiries should be directed to Dr. Leonardo Susta (lsusta@uoguelph.ca).

Additional information regarding admission requirements and the application process can be found at:

Further inquiries can be directed to Mrs. Donna Kangas, Graduate Program Assistant, OVC Graduate Program Services, Building 174, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1, Canada; phone 519-824-4120 ext. 54725; e-mail (pathgrad@uoguelph.ca). 

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