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Emily Leishman

Position/Title: PH.D.
email: eleishma@uoguelph.ca
Phone: (519) 716-1284
Office: ANNU 043

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  • BScH Zoology, University of Guelph (2013-2017)
  • MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, University of Guelph (2017-2018)

My research career at the University of Guelph has allowed me to explore a variety of different fields. I completed an Honors thesis during my undergraduate degree with Dr. Nicholas Bernier where I examined the cytoprotective role of corticotropin-releasing factor during heat stress in zebrafish. During my M.Sc. I studied the effect of changing ambient temperature on the stress response in captive polar bears under the supervision of Dr. Laura Graham. During both projects, I noticed significant individual variation in the stress response. Some individuals appeared to be more resilient than their conspecifics when faced with the same environmental stressor. I then began to wonder about the role that genetic variation plays in an individual's response to stress. I am now continuing my research career by pursuing a Ph.D. in Animal Breeding and Genetics with Dr. Christine Baes as my advisor. I will be joining the GAPP turkey project which aims to identify genes for traits to improve turkey health, welfare and productivity.