Samir Id Lahoucine
Position/Title: Ph.D. Student
Office: ANNU 152
I am a Ph.D. student under the supervision of professor Dr. Angela Cánovas (University of Guelph) and professor Dr. Joaquim Casellas (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). My thesis focuses on the identification of genomic regions with transmission ratio distortion (TRD) across the whole genome in cattle. The link of TRD with impaired fertility and differential offspring survival at different stages, emphasizes the importance of the study of TRD in livestock species. The objective of my thesis is to develop and implement TRD models in the available cattle genomic data from Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, Canadian Dairy Network, Angus Genetics Inc. and AgSights to discover genomic regions subject to this phenomenon that could contain lethal alleles affecting reproductive performance or potential genes with biological implications.
I obtained my B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). During the undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to work in the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Spain) during 4 months and in the Department of Animal and Food Science of the University Autònoma of Barcelona during 3 months. During this time I acquired the basic skills of research that would allow me to progress independently in my career. My strong interest in and enthusiasm for research has led to me pursuing my research career by starting an M.Sc. program in Animal Medicine, Healthcare, and Improvement at the University of Cordoba (Spain) and currently a Ph.D. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Guelph.