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Jennifer Ellis

Position/Title: Assistant Professor, Animal Systems Modelling
Phone: 519-824-4120 x 56522
Office: ANNU 234B

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With pleasure, I join the Animal Biosciences Department at The University of Guelph. Having spent my entire career involved in research around the development and application of nutrition and physiological models within both academia and industry, I look forward to developing the next generation of animal systems modellers at UofG.

My particular expertise lies in dairy cattle nutrition modelling and poultry modelling, but have also conducted modelling research on beef, veal calves, swine and canine species. My research is conducted using in vivo, in vitro and in silico approaches. For the last 3 years I have worked in industry, bringing a unique real-world perspective back to academia.

My research interests lie in how models can be utilized as a valuable tool to (1) increase our understanding of how biological systems work, (2) to identify key patterns in data, and (3) act as a bridge to synthesize complex cross-disciplinary data (nutrition, health, genetics and management).


Current Research Projects:

(1) Modelling B-vitamin synthesis and degradation across the rumen of dairy cows - Vicki Brisson (MSc Candidate) (Funded by: Mitacs/Trouw Nutrition Canada)

(2) SIMON - development of a dynamic mechanistic veal calf model for calves fed solid feed - Dr. Christopher Powell (PDF) (Funded by: Wageningen University/Dutch Veal Board)

(3) Optimization of pellet quality at the mill level using machine learning - Jihao You (PhD candidate), Kendra Hall (MSc coursework) (Funded by: OMAFRA/Trouw Nutrition)

(4) Hybridization of machine learning and mechanistic models to create 'intelligent' precision nutrition models for next generation dairy production - Sarah Adams (PhD candidate) (Funded by: OMAFRA/Trouw Nutrition)

(5) Mechanistic modelling of performance and sustainability in broilers - Anthony Maraj (MSc candidate) (Funded by: NSERC Discovery)


Current/Open Opportunities:

PhD position - F21 - 'Development of a mechanistic digestion kinetic model for poultry' (contact for details)

PhD position - F21 - 'Modelling nutrient digestion and metabolism in horses' (contact for details)