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Current MSc Positions

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

A 2-year MSc position is available in the Department of Pathobiology, offered jointly with the Department of Population Medicine, commencing September 1, 2017 or January 1, 2018 on host immunity to and epidemiology of Salmonella 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 feed quality, 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 polymorphisms) will be determined and their association with growth performance and health (e.g. presence of a range of pathogens such as swine influenza and PRRS) 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.

Stipend: $21 000 per year plus benefits for 6 semesters

A formal application should be submitted to Dr. Lillie or Dr. Farzan and should include a CV, a copy of undergraduate transcripts, names of three references, and a cover letter stating interest in the above-mentioned areas.

  • 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

Inquiries about the research and/or the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie 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

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

 

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MSc Position in Molecular Virology

A 2-year MSc position is available (pending stipend funding) commencing either September 2017 or January 2018 in the laboratory of Drs. Leonardo Susta (principal advisor) and Sarah Wootton (co-advisor), Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph. This MSc position will focus on the study of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) as an oncolytic agent for the treatment of different types of canine cancers.

Specifically, the research will involve production of an NDV strain that is pseudotyped with the F (fusion) and HN (hemagglutinin neuraminidase) genes from Avian Paramyxovirus serotype 2, 3 and 5, in order to increase the oncolytic properties of NDV in mammals, while improving the safety profile in avian species. The position will involve: 1) extensive molecular biology (PCR, cloning) work to modify the NDV backbone, 2) reverse genetics to rescued the pseudotyped NDV strains, 3) evaluation of the biological characteristics of pseudotyped NDV strains through growth curves, assessment of safety profile in avian species (inoculation of embryonated eggs), and determination of cytolytic efficacy in canine osteosarcoma and melanoma cell lines.

The program will offer the candidate the opportunity to learn different aspects of molecular and classical virology, molecular biology, reverse genetics, cell cultures, and cell viability assays. 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. The candidate is expected to have a strong molecular biology and virology background, as assessed by completed undergraduate courses and research experience.

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:

https://www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/calendars/graduate/2013-2014/gradprog/path-msc.shtml

https://horizon.ouac.on.ca/webapp/account.d2w/report?ident=ACCOUNT_DSP&merchant_rn=810327&action_id=choose

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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MSc Position in Genetic Resistance to Streptococcus suis in Pigs
(pdf file)

A 2-year MSc position is available in the lab of Dr. Brandon Lillie in the Department of Pathobiology commencing September 1, 2017 or January 1, 2018 on the genetics of host immunity to Streptococcus suis in swine.

The research project is part of a large “Food from Thought” multidisciplinary project involving the Departments of Pathobiology and Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, as well as the Animal Health Laboratory, at the University of Guelph. The “Food from Thought” project will explore the epidemiology of S. suis infection and molecular characteristics of S. suis isolates on Ontario pig farms, as well as the role of the tonsil and nasal microbiome in pathogenesis of Streptococcus suis and host resistance to S. suis infection in pigs.  This MSc project will investigate the role of genetic variation (e.g. single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)) in host resistance to S. suis. Over two years, swine farms with historical and/or current S. suis infections will be identified and samples will be collected from pigs with clinical signs of S. suis infection as well as from healthy pigs.  Samples will be cultured for S. suis and the isolates will be serotyped by means of a multiplex PCR method, and host DNA will be used to genotype pigs.  Using a novel low-cost SNP-array, pigs will be genotyped for ~54 000 (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and their association with S. suis infection and/or disease as well as the microbiome and other parameters will be studied. The projects will include a review of existing literature, laboratory work (e.g. bacterial culturing, DNA extraction, PCR), analysis of genotyping data and other data collected on farms and data produced from sample analysis in other aspects of the project, and use of statistical and epidemiological methods to analyze the data. The project may involve farm visits to obtain 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.

Stipend:  $20 000 per year plus benefits for 6 semesters

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

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

Inquiries about the research and/or the specific project should be directed to Dr. Lillie 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

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

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PhD or MSc Position in Veterinary Pathology / Innate Immunity

A PhD or MSc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Caswell (http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/pathobiology/faculty/jeff-caswell-0 ), Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. The research project will investigate host-pathogen interactions in Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia of beef cattle. Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia has recently emerged as a major cause of disease and death in Canadian feedlot beef cattle. The project uses in vitro and in vivo studies to evaluate the hypothesis that prior inflammation affects how lung macrophages respond to M. bovis infection, dysregulating the balance between those responses that control infection vs those that cause lung damage and severe disease. These findings are expected to lead to improved methods for control of this disease.

The starting date is September 2017. The deadline for applications is 30 May 2017, or until a suitable applicant is identified. Information on how to apply is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/apply
Please contact Dr. Jeff Caswell (jcaswell@uoguelph.ca) for more detailed information and specific questions on the project.

Further information and detailed instructions for application are available from the graduate program assistant, Ms. Donna Kangas Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1;
email pathgrad@uoguelph.ca; phone (519) 824 4120, Ext. 54725.

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff.  We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women.

 

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