Position/Title: MSc Student (Thesis)
While completing my B.Sc. in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph I found an interest in dairy cattle after volunteering at the Elora Dairy Research Centre as a work study student and further, working at a commercial dairy barn, this then lead to the deisre of pursuing a masters in dairy cattle genetics.
As a thesis student in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the advisement of Dr. Flavio Schenkel and co-adivsor Dr. Christine Baes I currently am working on conducting an analyses on looking into the relevance of non-additive effects on health traits in dairy cattle. Specifically looking into hoof health and diseases such as; ketosis, displaced abomasum and mastitis. This will involve fitting the parameters of interactions between genes at the same locus called dominance, and interactions between genes at different loci are called epistasis in animal models and identifying if their variation significantly contributes more than additive variation to the overall phenotypic variation of the traits that I am investigating.
In my spare time I enjoy dog walking, spending time with friends and family, as well as occasionally playing sports such as basketball and skiing.