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Reza A.M. Kakhki

Position/Title: Ph.D. Candidate
email: rakbarim@uoguelph.ca
Office: ANNU 043

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My Ph.D. research is to evaluate nutritional approaches for enhancing the skeletal functioning and immune system of laying hen, under the supervision of Dr. Elijah Kiarie. I will study various responses to feeding ω-3 fatty acids to layer breeders, and also be feeding their progenies during the rearing period. Epigenetic effects are heritable changes in gene expression (i.e. active versus inactive genes) that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence. These kinds of changes thus influence phenotype without a change in genotype. Why am I studying skeletal and immune systems? Because skeletal disorders such as osteoporosis and weaknesses of the immune system, persist in commercial poultry production, and the associated mortality and morbidity exert huge economic losses on producers. My long-term objective is thus to find nutritional approaches that will improve the skeletal integrity and immune function in egg-laying hens.

I hope my results will be able to be used to improve bird health and welfare. And my ideal future career is to work in the research section of a university or in industry, as I love to do research and to learn new things!



B.Sc. Ruminant Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (2010-2014)

M.Sc. Poultry Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (2014-2016)



Research and Development Unit, Ghaem Poultry Feed Production. Co, Mashhad, Iran (2016-2017)

Production Manager, Ghaem Poultry Feed Production. Co, Mashhad, Iran ( March 2017- August 2017)


Awards & achievements

Ontario Trillium Scholarship (2017-2021)

Mary Edmunds Williams Scholarship (2017-2018)

GGSF (NSERC) Travel Scholarship (Summer, 2018)

King Cole Ducks Ltd. Graduate Award in Poultry (Fall, 2018)

Robb Graduate Research Travel Grant (Fall, 2018)

Awarded Poster Presentation (2nd place), Animal Nutrition Conference of Canada 2019, Niagara Falls (May 2019)

Craig Hunter Poultry Science Graduate Scholarship (Fall, 2019)

James A. McGrath Memorial Scholarship (Fall, 2020)

Frank and Gertraude Hurnik Scholarship (Fall, 2020)

Deborah Whale/Poultry Industry Council Graduate Scholarship (Fall, 2020)