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Bryn Van Winters

Position/Title: M.Sc. by Thesis
Office: ANNU 043

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Academic History

BScH. (Animal Biology, University of Guelph, 2020)

  • NSERC USRA Project (2019): “Metabolic triggers responsible for sexual maturation in layer chickens"
  • ANSC*4700/10 Project (2019-20): “Associations between maternal characteristics, passive transfer and immune response in newborn dairy calves”
    • Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Ribeiro
  • AGR*4010 Project (2020): “Optimal remnant ovarian tissue size on transplant success and evaluation of acute rejection to allotransplantation in poults”
    • Advisor: Dr. Grégoy Bédécarrats
    • Co-Advisor: Dr. George Hall

Advisor: Dr. Eduardo de Souza Ribeiro

Present Academic Activity

Currently I am a M.Sc student under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Ribeiro. I began working in this lab in 2019 as an undergraduate student volunteer, assisting with sample collection and some lab analyses. A few months later I became an ANSC*4700/4710 research student where I investigated developmental programming of calf immunity while also optimizing a whole blood stimulation assay to evaluate immune response ex vivo. When given the option to broaden my knowledge on dairy cow immunology, nutrition and health as part of the Ribeiro lab I eagerly accepted.

My M.Sc. project investigates the beneficial effects of supplementing essential fatty acids early postpartum on inflammation using an induced acute inflammatory model. Furthermore, with the help of this model I will investigate the dynamics of the immune and inflammatory response in the early postpartum dairy cow. Our results will assist in decision making on farm regarding the use of essential fatty acids as well as assisting in uncovering the extensive processes and impacts of postpartum inflammation.  

Additionally I am the current Vice President of the ABSc Graduate Council and Grad Student Representative on the ABSc Graduate Committee. Where our main goals are to improve graduate student experiences and create multiple opportunities to unify our department community. 

To learn more about the Ribeiro Lab, please take a look at what my lab mates are working on:

Bruna Mion

Guilherme Madureira

Matheus Santos

Nicholas Antonacci