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Ivan Campos

Position/Title: M.Sc. (Thesis) Student
Office: ANNU 016

Ivan Campos graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2017 from the University of São Paulo, College of Animal Science and Food Engineering, Brazil. In 2014, during his undergraduate studies he conducted a scientific research focused on genomics. The research involved high-density (HD) panels of molecular markers SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) used in Nellore cattle. He also made a database model using SQL language for large-scale data alongside Dr. Ricardo Ventura. In 2017, he earned a scholarship from the University of São Paulo to do an internship as a researcher at the University of Guelph, at the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL). At the University of Guelph, he was involved in a project about boar taint in a collaboration with the CGIL group and the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement (CCSI). The project consisted of investigating the use of genetic selection to reduce boar taint in the pig population in Canada.

In 2018, he started his master's degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics under Dr. Flavio Schenkel’s supervision. Projected climatic changes, mostly the increase in temperature, leading to hotter summers and potential heat stress, will have a profound impact on livestock. For the dairy industry, where genetic selection has been widely implemented to select animals with higher productivity, high-production cows are those with less environmental flexibility, which can be translated into less heat-tolerant animals.

Ivan’s thesis focuses developing genetic and genomic models to assess heat stress resilience in dairy cattle. The project will deliver tools for superior identification of heat-tolerant animals. Therefore, it will contribute towards the long-term goal of delivering novel breeding programs to select naturally better adapted livestock, with the ability to maintain robust fitness and production in the face of shifting environmental conditions.