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Christiana Obari

Position/Title: PhD student
Office: ANNU 043

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1. BTech. Animal Production (Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria 2017)

   Thesis Title: Growth performance and nutrient digestibility of broiler chicken fed wood-ash based diet at finisher phase.

2. European Masters of Animal Breeding and Genetics (Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway 2021)

    Thesis Title: Modeling Feed Intake and Feed Efficiency along the Lactation Curve of Norwegian Red Dairy Cattle


About me:

Christiana is from Nigeria where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Technology degree in Animal Production from the Federal University of Technology Minna in 2017. Through her undergraduate studies, she developed a background in sustainable livestock production and nutrition, with an emphasis on alternative feedstuffs/nutrient sources for broiler chickens. Christiana underwent her undergraduate internship at Massohi Farms and Livestock Development Company Minna, where she got practical experiences in ruminant breeding, fish breeding and agribusiness. Her undergraduate experience birthed her passion in the area of animal breeding and genetics.

In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarship to study in the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EMABG) program at Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany and Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. Through this program, she developed advanced skills in animal breeding and genetics which provided a strong basis needed to pursue further studies. Furthermore, as part of the EMABG program, she did her summer school at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria where she underwent training and project on Contribution of Animal Breeding to Global Food security. Also, she interned at Nu3Gen in Slovakia where she was equipped with bioinformatics skills using MATLAB and GALAXY tools. Her master’s degree thesis was on Modeling Feed Intake and Feed Efficiency along the Lactation Curve of Norwegian Red Dairy Cattle under the supervision of Prof. Theo Meuwissen and Prof. Armin Schimtt.

Christiana is currently a PhD student in the Center for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the supervision of Dr Christine Baes. She works with Kerry Houlahan, Lucas Lopes, and Kyle Hoeksema on the Resilient Dairy Genome Project to understand the underlying genetic mechanisms of Feed Efficiency and Methane emissions in Canadian Dairy Cattle. The goal of this project is to contribute to more climate-friendly, sustainable and efficient dairy cattle breeding programs. 

In her free time, she enjoys travelling and making documentary of her trips.