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Victoria Asselstine

Position/Title: Ph.D. Student
Office: ANNU 103

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Victoria is a graduate from the Honours Animal Biology program, with a minor in Animal Nutrition, at the University of Guelph. She is currently working on a Ph.D. thesis with Dr. Angela Cánovas after recently completing a M.Sc. by thesis. Her project is looking at the genetic mechanisms of mucus plug formation associated with immune response to infection in the cow mammary gland. The infection of interest is subclinical mastitis, and the goal of this project is to determine which cows are genetically more resistant to mastitis. Once the differentially expressed genes are identified, breeding programs can be developed to improve communication of this research with producers. This will ensure that producers are able to maintain their herd's health and decrease their costs of treatment for subclinical mastitis, while working alongside geneticists.