CGIL Seminar: "Improving novel traits in sows to aid survival and performance of piglets"

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ANNU 141

Dr. Agnese Balzani
Dr. Agnese Balzani


Dr. Agnese Balzani; a CGIL post-doctoral fellow, will present a CGIL Seminar on Friday, November 30th. The seminar will begin at 1:30 pm in room 141 of the Animal Science & Nutrition building.
Dr. Agnese Balzani received her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of Bologna (Italy) with a year exchange at the University of Cordoba (Spain). During her M.Sc. on Food Safety and Quality, she studied the relationship between host and gut microflora of weaned pigs in collaboration with the Veterinary Faculty of Bologna and the Department of Animal Science at Wageningen University (The Netherlands). Before starting her Ph.D. she worked for two years as a research assistant at the National Italian Veterinary Service, where she was involved in a zoonoses monitoring project, mainly running biomolecular analyses to extract virus RNA from ticks and mosquitos. This work experience together with her studies sparked an interest in research and a desire to improve animal health and welfare. She continued her research through a Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis on pig health, behaviour, and genetics under the supervision of Professor Sandra Edwards of the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and Professor Heather Cordell of the Institute of Genetics, both at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. She completed the Ph.D. in less than three years time, and soon after she joined the European Food Safety Authority as an animal welfare scientific officer. Agnese joined the Department of Animal Biosciences in April under the supervision of Dr. Alexandra Harlander and Dr. Christine Baes. Her main responsibility is to define behavioural and health traits in turkeys.
The Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock welcomes all interested University of Guelph staff, faculty, students, and industry or academic collaborators to attend our CGIL Seminars, which are held on  Friday afternoons throughout the Fall and Winter semesters. The meetings are always available remotely via Fuze, for those unable to attend in person, and presentation recordings may also be available after the seminar. Please let me know if you need further instruction on how to connect to Fuze or view available webinar recordings.  
Have a great week!
Erin Massender (


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