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Nutritional Studies

Much of the current research involves the investigation of feedstuffs, feed additives and animal metabolism to enhance the nutritional quality and healthfulness of milk and meat products, controlling environmental pollution from P and N though nutritional strategies, and exploring the role of probiotics, prebiotics and plant phenolics in health and productivity of animals.  Research into epigenetics, and its influence on nutrition and obesity, is an exciting new area in this field.

Martin Chénier, Assistant Professor: B.Sc. Microbiology (Laval), M.Sc. Applied Microbiology (INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier), Ph.D. Microbiology (McGill). Bacterial resistance to antibiotics; Impact of alternatives to antibiotics (prebiotics, probiotics, plant extracts, etc.) and feed additives on the gut microflora of livestock; Improvement of animal nutrition and production practices for improving animal and agricultural ecosystem health, as well as meat safety and quality.

Sarah Kimmins, Assistant Professor; B.Sc. (Dalhousie), M.Sc. (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), PhD (Dalhousie). Linking genes and the environment to health; Studying how toxicants, nutrients and pharmaceutical can act on genes to induce or even prevent disease; Epigenetics; Transgenic animal models; Animal toxicology models; Large scale epigenomic and expression array analysis.

Arif Mustafa, Associate Professor; BSc, MSc (Khartoum), PhD (Saskatchewan). Dairy cattle nutrition, ruminant carbohydrate and protein metabolism, nutritional evaluation of new forages for dairy cows, optimizing the feeding value of agricultural byproducts for ruminant animals.