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Lucas Alcantara

Position/Title: Ph.D. Candidate
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53786
Office: ANNU 016B

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Short Biography

Lucas obtained his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology (2015) and a Master’s in Biosciences (2017) from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. As part of numerous research projects during his undergraduate studies, he acquired experience in genetic polymorphisms, molecular biology, fermentative processes, bioprospection of microorganisms, and in the production and purification of industrial enzymes. He was an exchange student at the University of Toronto (2013), where he improved his skills in molecular biology and enzymology while studying the biological degradation of pine tree bark by different fungi species for bioethanol production. As a master’s student, he decided to understand the role of different bacteria from the rumen in the degradation of plant cell-wall through bioinformatics analysis and to target species with the potential to produce enzymes of industrial interest. His passion for research and new challenges brought him to the University of Guelph in 2018 to pursue a Ph.D. in Animal Science, where he seeks to understand the impact of cutting-edge technologies on breeding strategies for optimum sustainable genetic progress in Canadian dairy cattle.

Academic History

  • Bachelor in Biotechnology, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (2015)
    • Dissertation title: "Thermochemical and surface analysis of lodgepole pine bark biodegradation by Pleurotus ostreatus under submerged fermentation" - Advisor: Dr. Patricia Leal
    • Exchange student at the University of Toronto, Canada - Brazil-Canada Science Without Borders Program (2013)
    • Co-op student at the Advanced Forest Biomaterials Laboratory, University of Toronto (2013) - Advisor: Dr. Ning Yan
  • Master in Biosciences, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil (2017)
    • Dissertation title: "Screening of lignocellulolytic genes through metagenomic analysis of the microbial genomes of the rumen: a biorefinery approach" - Advisor: Dr. Andrea Ferreira, Co-Advisor: Dr. Leandro Freitas
  • Diploma in Biotechnology, Centennial College, Toronto (2018)
    • Visiting student at the University of Guelph, Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (2018) - Advisor: Dr. Flávio Schenkel
    • Co-op student at Semex Alliance, Guelph, Genomics Research & Innovations (2018) - Advisor: Dr. Mehdi Sargolzaei
  • Ph.D. Student in Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (2018-Current)
    • Project: "Understanding the impact of cutting-edge genomic technologies and novel phenotypes on breeding strategies for optimum sustainable genetic progress in Canadian dairy cattle" - Advisors: Dr. Flávio Schenkel/Dr. Christine Baes

Awards and Scholarships

  • International Doctoral Tuition Scholarship (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • ​Hamilton Milk Producer's Association Scholarship (2019)