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Aizwarya Thanabalan

Position/Title: Ph.D (Thesis) Student
Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 56226
Office: ANNU 132

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I completed my undergraduate degree in Animal Biology here at the University of Guelph in 2015. I have always had an interest in the agriculture industry and how I can create economically friendly changes to improve sustainability. After taking a year off from school, I decided to pursue graduate school and joined Dr. Elijah Kiarie’s Monogastric Nutrition lab as a research assistant in October of 2016. I then became a M.Sc student and successfully defended my thesis in April 2019. This work experience strengthened my desire to be involved in animal nutrition, specifically in the poultry industry.

Building off of my Master's research, my PhD examines concepts of developmental programming and the maternal-progeny interface. Particularly, I am interested in examining the effects of enriching broiler breeder (the maternal stock of the modern meat bird, broilers) diets with forms of omega - 3 fatty acids and the subsequent effects on offspring immunocompetence, skeletal development and gut health.