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Kerry Houlahan

Position/Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Office: ANNU 110A

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I am a Postdoctoral Reseracher in the Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock under the advisement of Dr. Christine Baes. My reserach focuses on developing and implementing novel traits into selection programs for dairy cattle.

Growing up in rural Eastern Ontario, I had a passion for animals and agriculture from a young age. My love of horses took me through Ontario and Québec, training and competing in dressage up to the FEI Prix St. George. In 2016, I completed my B.Sc. in Agriculture where I focused on Animal Sciences at the University of Guelph. My interest in dairy cattle was sparked during my bachelor’s degree, when I had the opportunity to work for Dr. Bonnie Mallard, learning about High Immune Response Technology. Upon graduation, I began my M.Sc. under the supervision of Dr. Christine Baes and Dr. Filippo Miglior where the focus of my project was to assess the effects of including feed intake and feed efficiency into a selection index for Canadian dairy cattle, which I completed in 2018. After completion of my M.Sc. I began a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Christine Baes and Dr. Flavio Schenkel. The main focus of my work was on understanding the genomic architechture of feed efifcieny and the impacts of including it in selection programs.

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