Position/Title: Chair, Professor
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53928
Office: ANNU 146
Dr. Squires’ broad research interests are in metabolism and functional genomics to improve the health and productivity of livestock, and to develop animal models for human metabolism, health and nutrition. His work is a combination of basic and applied studies. His research into boar taint has been aimed at eliminating the off-odour or off-flavour of pork produced from entire male pigs (boars). Male pigs are normally castrated to prevent boar taint, but several EU countries have banned the practice, and it also limits animal productivity (feed efficiency, growth performance, and meat quality). His work on single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) has generated large (more than 1000 SNPs) marker panels for genetic selection of reduced boar taint in pigs. He has also developed SNP panels for reduced ketosis in dairy cattle. Ketosis is a widely occurring disease with significant economic costs.
He has published almost 150 papers in referred journals, authored a textbook “Applied Animal Endocrinology” (now in its second edition), several book chapters and numerous abstracts and technical publications for industry audiences.